Polytonic Greek (SIL) keyboard

This question was sent to the writing systems help desk from Christopher J Samuel. No email address was included. Any comments?
He says, I have discovered that the “Polytonic Greek (SIL)” keyboard outputs vowels with tonos. My understanding was that tonos is appropriate for the monotonic system of modern Greek, with precomposed characters in the main Greek block (u03xy), whereas the polytonic system of ancient Greek uses oxia for the acute accent, with precomposed characters in the extended Greek block (u1fxy).

@lorna, you might want to check this?

The keyboard was updated over a year ago for the new Keyman repo, but the actual keystrokes and output haven’t been changed in years as far as I know.

I will check into it, but I’m not going to be able to do anything for at least a week. Sorry :frowning:

Hi, I am just discovering Unicode for Greek and Hebrew. It is a bit unsettling at first (which is right now for me), but I get that I have to pass through the keyboards in the Input menu bar of my Mac. Then I can “clothe” what has been written with a nice font. But I write this message in order to know if there is anything like a chart for vowels and accents as there is for the main characters in Greek. The pictures about these (below the two main charts) are rather enigmatic and not corresponding to the real place they occupy in the Keyboard viewer as well as on the file I write in. I mean the charts for Greek -Polytonic.

If you are referring to this keyboard: https://keyman.com/keyboards/sil_greek_polytonic you can click on the documentation link on that page and it will show you a keyboard chart and then a chart of keystrokes. Is that what you are needing?

Also, there is usually a welcome.htm file that is displayed when you install a Keyman keyboard package.

If you want to go back and look at the welcome.htm file after you’ve installed it, on my machine (Windows 10) it puts it here:

C:\ProgramData\Keyman\Keyman Engine\Keyboard\_Package\sil_greek_polytonic\welcome.htm

Other ways to access the documentation are:

  1. Start Keyman Configuration, and click the (?) icon shown to the right of the keyboard name:

  2. While the keyboard is active, click the Keyman icon in the System Notification area (it might be hidden under the ^ button down near the clock) – the icon will look like the icon for the keyboard – and select Help; or click the help icon in the On Screen Keyboard, and select the option for help on the active keyboard.

Thank you. The charts ofr the vowels and accents are an enigma to a normal person.
Best regards