Installing the Tyndale Unicode Font kit
for Hebrew, Greek and Transliteration
in Mac OS X

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This kit works best with Mac OS 10.2 or later.

Unicode works with most native Mac programs including Word 2004 (but not earlier versions).

 

 

Unicode is a system where all languages can be written with one font.

In practice, no font includes all languages.

This kit aims to provide Greek, Hebrew, and transliteration symbols for Biblical Scholars.

 

In theory all unicode fonts are interchangeable. so if you don't like the look of this Greek you can simply use another font, just as you can for English.

In practice there may be some problems for the more obscure character forms, especially if you use the non-scholarly fonts, but usually it is OK.

 

There are many good fonts and keyboards. However, I could not find any keyboards which are both free and easy to use so I wrote some. My main aim is to put characters within easy reach, on keys where you expect to find them, and make accents and pointing simple to use.

 

Print out the two charts in Keyboards.doc for instructions and layouts.

 

This kit includes a font with all the necessary characters and two keyboards

1) Hebrew - including the common and most rare Masoretic punctuation

2) Greek & Transliteration - including Greek accents & breathings,

   and symbols & accents necessary for Greek and Hebrew transliteration.

 

 

These keyboards can be customised, so you can move characters to positions which you prefer.

Other keyboards are available at http://quinon.com/files/keylayouts/

 

The font I have chosen is the Cardo font by David J. Perry which has unsurpassed Greek and very good Hebrew including everything needed for Biblical Greek and Hebrew as well as Masoretic punctuation and medieval Greek and Latin symbols.

 

 

 

 

Many other good fonts are available

- see the huge collection at  http://www.travelphrases.info/fonts.html

Especially recommended is Titus, which includes everything in Cardo (except a few very obscure characters) and includes Syriac

- get it at http://titus.fkidg1.uni-frankfurt.de/unicode/tituut.asp

 

 

 

 

MAC INSTALLATION

 

Download the file and double-click on the zip folder to open it.

 

Click on Finder, then press Command-N (to open a new Finder window)

 - in the Finder's main menu, Go > Go to Folder…,

 - in the pop-up dialog, type in /Library (if it is not already there)

- now you should be able to see folders including  "Fonts" and "Keyboard Layouts

 

In the downloaded zip folder:

- open "Mac Keyboards"

- drag the "Greek-TH.keylayout" and "HebrewTHRTL.bundle"  into "Keyboard Layouts"

- open "Cardo Font"

- drag the file Cardo98s.ttf into the "Fonts" folder

 

For Yosemite, El Capitan OSX 10.10 and later

Open System Preferences/Keyboards/Input Sources

- click the ‘+’ sign under the left column

- click on the language called ‘Others’

- click on Greek-TH and press the button ‘Add’

- click on the language called ‘Hebrew’

- click on ‘HebrewTH’Open System Preferences: International (aka Language & Text or Language & Region):

- click on "Input Menu"

- put a tick against the new keyboards:

 - HebrewTH

 - Greek-TH

(if you can't find them when you scroll down, restart the computer)

 

For Mac OSX 10.4-10.9

Open System Preferences: International (aka Language & Text or Language & Region):

- click on "Input Menu"

- put a tick against the new keyboards:

 - HebrewTH

 - Greek-TH

(if you can't find them when you scroll down, restart the computer)

 

In older systems you may also need to:

 - click on "Language" and "Edit" then put a tick against

       Greek (ie "Ellynika" in Greek characters) and

       Hebrew ( ie "Evrit" in Hebrew characters)

 - click on OK then drag these two to the top of the list, under English.

 

To select a keyboard, click on the flag on the top right of the screen

 

Keyboard layout and guidelines are in the file "Keyboards.doc".

 

If these keyboards save you time, and you want to show your thanks,

send a donation (say $5 or $10) to Tyndale House.

Go to www.PayPal.com and donate to PayPal@Tyndale.cam.ac.uk

 

David Instone-Brewer, www.TyndaleHouse.com

 

 

 

 

UNINSTALLING

 

In Library:Fonts, find the font (eg “Cardo”), and delete it.

In Library: Keyboard Layouts find the keyboards and delete them.