To my untrained eye it looks like a really odd (simplified) Arabic font....
I suspect it's from somewhere in the vicinity of Asia Minor, but beyond that, I have no idea.
I agree that it's semitic, but it's not Arabic. It's a Coptic-derived font. Such alphabets/syllabaries are used for:
Armenian, Amharic, Tegrinya, Georgian, Kurdish, Coptic, Egyptian, and a few other languages. This is not of the Amharic/Tegrinya variety, with which i am familiar. So i'm voting for Armenian
, or a related Kartvelian or Caucasian language.
As for fixing it, have you tried Tools - Options - General - Fonts and Colors - Fonts For: Greek to check the settings?
The options menus are structured differently, but I checked and my Greek language font is set to "serif", just like all the others...
Well, it isn't Semitic (follow the curves, they clearly go left to right) nor is it Armenian or Georgian. WHich means it's simply a special font set for Greek (hence nothing in Unicode 4.0 about it.) It also isn't Linear B, though it might be Etruscan?
Clearly, you need to get a Mac.
I have a Mac, and was paging through the various character tables, but my Mac
doesn't seem to have a Syriac font! Not even Arial Unicode or Cyberbit has these
characters. And I install every language variant the installer offers.
Oh that's easy -- that's Syriac
, used these days to write Aramaic as well...
and a sexy one, might I add? <grin>
And now he's supposed to say something along the lines of, "By God, this script is in Syriac! That can only mean that the cave beneath old Omar's cellar is, in fact, the Lost Tomb! Hurry, we need to get there before the Nazis find it!"
Isn't he supposed to say something about Gnosticism instead? [*ducks, and ducks hard*]
2006-05-23 12:01 pm (UTC)
Is one of these sets not like the other?
α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο π ρ σ τ υ φ χ ψ ω
The first set are HTML entities, the second set are unicode characters copied from GNOME's Character Map program. Incidentally, the glyphs shown don't look like the Syriac set in my Character Map...
Nope. They're both showing up as Syriac or whatever. (Well, the first set has spaces and the second does not.)
Here's some interesting additional data, though. My notification email, when read in MH, displays the second set as latin-1 garbage (capital-I umlaut, upside-down questionmark, plus-minus sign, etc.). When shown with "more" or emacs, they show up as equals-CE equals-B1, etc. The first set, of course, show up as ampersand-xi-semicolon and such.
However, if I rename the email message foo.html and open it up with firefox, I get the second set showing up as equals-CE, etc., and the first set shows up as Syriac letters!
Moreover, if I run Mozilla, it does the same thing as firefox, while konqueror shows them all as greek letters. I think that means it's definitely firefox/mozilla being confused about how to display greek letters, and not something weird with fontpaths on my system or anything like that.
2006-05-23 09:48 pm (UTC)
In the first case it's rendering HTML into (presumably) unicode; in the second case it's displaying unicode directly. Maybe it's slipped into the wrong charset encoding (Windows 1251 instead of UTF-8 or something?).
Here's something even wackier:
Some of the letters show up as normal Greek, not Syriac, if they're in italics!
These look normal: α δ ε π σ τ φ
These look weird: β γ ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο ρ υ χ ψ ω