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Submitting Unicode-Ready Manuscripts

Understanding Unicode: A is always A, β is always β, and is always

Standard computer keyboards are set up for the Latin alphabet: the letters A-Z and a simple collection of other characters. There are, of course, tens of thousands of other characters that one could potentially want to type. Until recently, the approach to getting these other characters was similar to using an old "golf ball" or "daisy wheel" typewriter: change the font. By slipping in a Greek type element (or font) an A would be come an alpha, a B would become a beta, and so forth. However, if this was sent to someone else electronically, and the other person didn't have the font, the other person would see gibberish rather than Greek.

Enter the Unicode standard. The idea here is that each character should have its own location (or "code-point") and be the same character, regardless of what font is used to style it. Both users don't need to have the same font to read what each other wrote.

Unicode Points Commonly Used at Eisenbrauns

As Eisenbrauns specializes in the ancient Near East and biblical studies, the following Unicode ranges are common and familiar to us:

This is not an exhaustive list; a full list of Unicode code pages can be found here. if you have Unicode text in a range not listed above, please contact us, and we will do our best to accomodate your manuscript.

Common Headaches: Frequently-Used Non-Unicode Fonts

If you are using any of these fonts, please be aware that they are not Unicode-compatible, and will incur extra charges if we need to convert or re-key them.

There are a number of solutions available for converting legacy Greek and Hebrew fonts to Unicode.

How can I tell if my manuscript is Unicode-compatible?

The easiest way to tell if a manuscript is Unicode-compatible is to change the font for the entire document. If all your characters remain the same, chances are you've got a Unicode compatible document.

Can you recommend a font?

Times New Roman is widely available on most computers and covers a vast majority of available characters.




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