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Younicoder helps create Greek text and text images for Peithô's Web. We hope others find it helpful, too, but "as is"—please see the disclaimer. With Younicoder you can:

  • Convert between Unicode Greek, Betacode and HTML decimal unicode.
  • Enter Greek with your mouse using Hover N' Click characters.
  • Generate an image of your text (via a php page from Peithô's Web).

Younicoder needs an advanced browser and Unicode Greek font to work. Scroll down for help and to learn more. To make an image from the sample Betacode, just press the GREEK and IMAGE buttons.

Check this box to prevent word-wrap in images if your text already includes line breaks.


Quick tips

  • Accidentally CLEAR your Greek? If the content of the text box hasn't been modified since the mishap, pressing CLEAR again may restore your text.
  • See gibberish instead of Greek on this page? You probably don't have any of the Unicode fonts Younicoder recognizes installed on your local computer (see below). Images should still work.
  • A different font is shown in the image than on this page? The Younicoder image will show the selected font (with Galatia Sil as the default). The font you see on this page depends on whether you have the selected font on your local computer. You may be seeing a font you have locally which is recognized by the style sheet for Greek but which is not the selected font.
  • You got the dreaded "The height and width of Younicoder images are limited to 1000 pixels" message? See if the 'do not wrap' checkbox is checked. If it is, you may need to uncheck it or add line breaks (carriage returns). Or, you may need to reduce your font-size or text length.

Younicoder Essentials

Converting from Betacode

To convert Betacode Greek to Unicode Greek, press the Betacode button, enter your Betacode in the main text area, then press the "Greek" button. You can move back and forth between Betacode, Greek and the HTML representation of unicode, which eases the editing process.

Younicoder is based on the TLG Betacode Manual. The subset of Betacode currently supported should meet most needs. Most of the Greek pages at Peithô's Web were created with earlier versions of Younicoder, including the Greek for Heraclitus, Empedocles, and Gorgias' Encomium of Helen. Clicking the CHART button or HERE will display a chart of currently supported characters.

Hover and Click Text Entry

Don't know Betacode? Pressing the HOVER N' CLICK button reveals Hover N' Click Greek characters that can be used for direct text entry. Hovering over the main character pops up a mini-menu displaying the character's breathing and accent combinations. Clicking a Hover N' Click character adds it to the end of the textbox as Greek, Betacode or HTML unicode, depending on whether the Greek, Beta or HTML button is active (blue). On some browsers, hovering over a mini-menu character displays its Betacode equivalent and description.

If you see boxes or other strange characters in the mini-menu instead of Greek, you probably need to download and install a font that includes Unicode extended Greek. Several are freely available (see below).

Changing the Lead Greek CSS Font will change the font of the Hover N' Click characters, if the selected font is on your computer. In some fonts, rarer characters may appear as blank spaces or other symbols .

Creating Text Images

The image button sends the Greek in the text box to a Peithôs Web page that dynamically generates an image of your text in the colors, size and font family you have selected. The current default selections for Younicoder are:

Since the image is generated at Peithô's Web, it will show Greek in the selected font regardless of whether you (or someone else) has that font installed. This makes the image function handy for previewing a variety of fonts that are available.

The width of the picture will not be exactly the same width that you have selected. Just close, hopefully. In large font sizes, you'll probably need to trim excess vertical padding. If you like your picture, rename it as a .gif image and save it. It will exists only a short while at Peithô's Web.

There is a 1,000 pixel limit on both the height and the width of your image. See the Quick Tips section above if this limit is causing unexpected problems.

Unicode Greek Fonts

The font and font size you select will be displayed in images you create with Younicoder. The actual fonts print at a higher resolution than a .gif screen image can display, but you'll get a good idea of each font's look and feel. It is also important to remember that some fonts have many more characters than Younicoder can handle. Others have fewer, and may display boxes, spaces or other symbols in place of some rarer characters.

Font artisans are making a growing variety of Greek fonts available. Several of the selectable fonts featured in Younicoder are crisply described in David McCreedy's Gallery of Unicode Fonts. Russell Cottrell's UNICODE GREEK FONTS is also a very helpful page, and home to the fine donation ware Aristarcoj font.

Most of the selectable fonts in Younicoder can be downloaded from their home sites for free or as donation ware if you honor the copyright holders' licensing agreements.


Peithô's Classical Greek Younicoder is experimental. Kinks are still being worked out. Use only at your own risk! Peithô's Web cannot be reponsible for any problems that arise from this experimental script or its use. Please report problems, make comments or offer non-flaming suggestions to: No spam please.


Peithô's Classical Greek Younicoder was created for Peithô's Web with much help. Special thanks to Andrew Wilson of The Classics Pages, Dr. Peter Gainsford and Louise Dade of Classical Web Designs. Also to jrisken, Brainjar, Quirksmode, Deborah W. Anderson, and the anonymous creator of part of the image-making routine.