How can I transfer a Greek text written in the polytonic system (alphabet with many diacritics, multi-accented text) from Quark version older than 6.5

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On a previous post we mentioned the issue of transferring Greek monotonic texts from Quark versions older than 6.5 to any kind of modern program.

It’s time to talk about the same issue but in the case of polytonic texts.

The transfer of a polytonic text from a Quark 6.5 or older can be accomplished as follows:

  • Export the polytonic text in .txt format.

File à Save text (don’t forget to add the extension .txt on the file name)

  • Open the file you made (e.g. text.txt) with the Magenta Accentuator on a PC.

Right-click on the Accentuator icon and choose “import multi-accented text from apple Macintosh”. Then save file as a simple word file.

 

In order to be able to do these two steps you must have a Mac computer with the Quark 6.5 or older version installed and a PC with the Magenta Accentuator (the professional version) installed.

 

Whenever you want to transfer a text from an old to a new system, you should know that the text format will be lost completely, so you’ll have to reset any bold or italic letters appearing in the original.

 

When talking about the polytonic system, there are two more issues – apart from the format – that we’ll have to deal with.

 

  • Those who used to write in the polytonic system on Macintosh before we changed to the open type fonts know that punctuation marks weren’t attached to the letters, which means that breathing diacritics were separate characters (on capital letters). This can’t be fixed even if we convert them through the Accentuator; the breathing diacritics remain separate from the letters and appear a little to the side. In this case, you have to use “find and change”, find any capital letter we want and then change it throughout the text.
  • Another problem we may have to deal with is the transfer of Latin characters. Their conversion sadly turns them into strange characters. In this case there’s no simple solution, since you have to copy and paste any Latin characters you see in the text from the Quark file to the new file you’ve created on Word.

I know that this process of transferring a polytonic text is quite painful, but it’s definitely better than having to retype the whole text.

In case you need to go through it, good luck and hang in there!      

How can I transfer a Greek text written in the polytonic system (alphabet with many diacritics, multi-accented text) from Quark version older than 6.5

 
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