[EversonMono] Perispomeni (was: Everson Mono error?

Yannis Haralambous yannis.haralambous at telecom-bretagne.eu
Tue Oct 20 08:38:56 IST 2009

I would say that the tilde is the form traditionally used in Greece.  
This argument is unfortunately of little importance nowadays since  
most people in Greece do not use perispomeni anymore (after the  
criminal reform of 1982). Nevertheless, if we consider Everson Mono as  
a font inspired from typewriter esthetics, then the tilde is the  
logical choice since Greek typewriters were mostly produced for the  
Greek market. There is a very nice Greek typewriter font which you can  
see on the font catalog page of my Web site <http://www.polytoniko.org/fonts.php 
 >, it is called FF Elementa Greek Polytonic, and it has been designed  
by Mindaugas Strockis for FontFont. As you can see on the sample  
given, the omega carries a very nice tilde (mustache), and this is  
exactly the typewriter esthetics I grew up with.

On the other hand, if you consider that most Everson Mono users are  
non-Greeks having done classical studies, then the inverse breve is  
probably the form they will appreciate the most, as this is form used  
in the Porson typeface (Oxford tradition) and in Greek Sans/Belles  
Lettres (French tradition). People from Cambridge will appreciate the  
tilde (since Cambridge publications are traditionally typeset in New  

Hope that helps…

Le 20 oct. 2009 à 08:47, Michael Everson a écrit :

> On 21 Sep 2009, at 02:35, John Hudson wrote:
>> Thanks for that. When I have some time, I will prowl through my  
>> palaeography texts and see if I can find any earlier examples: not  
>> to question Yannis, but to see if the circumstance of the earliest  
>> tilde perispomeni indicates anything about its origin.
>> As Yannis notes, this form is entrenched in Greek printing, so the  
>> choice of form largely depends on who your target users are.
> The target users are people who want to use a monowidth font with  
> lots of Unicode coverage in their e-mail...
> Ẽṽẽrsõñ Mõñõ's tilde is rather large; one reason the bowl  
> is convenient is that it surrounds a breathing rather nicely.  
> Everson Mono also puts breathings and accents above capital letters  
> in Greek.
> I could change from inverted breves to tildes. Or I could keep the  
> inverted breves. What do people think about this?
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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