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To read Greek in a given encoding it is only necessary to have the appropriate font. But to write it, one must also have a virtual keyboard layout, that is: a program which maps the physical keys of the keyboard to the appropriate Greek characters. In that way, by temporarily forgetting what is written on the keys of our keyboard we can imagine they correspond to other signs, and use them to keyboard text in any writing system and language.

The Typewriter Keyboard

Here is the keyboard of a manual typewriter (without grave accents) which has survived the monotonic holocaust:

Accents, breathings and subscript iota are "dead" keys in the sense that the cylinder will not advance but will remain until the letter carrying the sign is stroken. Latin letters are provided so that the complete 26-letter Latin alphabet is available, but only in uppercase form. Digits 0 and 1 are missing, one used to use letters O and I instead. The upper dot is also missing, one had to type a period with the cylinder slightly lifted. Similarly, to underline a sentence one would lower the cylinder and type dashes.

Keyboards for Windows 2000/XP/Vista