Greek and Coptic
|Greek and Coptic|
(144 code points)
|Scripts||Greek (117 char.)
Coptic (14 char.)
Common (4 char.)
|Assigned||135 code points|
|Unused||9 reserved code points|
|Source standards||ISO 8859-7|
|Unicode version history|
Greek and Coptic is the Unicode block for representing modern (monotonic) Greek. It was originally used for writing Coptic, using the similar Greek letters, in addition to the uniquely Coptic additions. Beginning with version 4.1 of the Unicode Standard, a separate Coptic block has been included in Unicode, allowing for mixed Greek/Coptic text that is stylistically contrastive, as is convention in scholarly works. Writing polytonic Greek requires the use of combining characters or the precomposed vowel + tone characters in the Greek Extended character block.
|Greek and Coptic
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
- The small stigma, digamma, koppa and sampi were withdrawn for further study. These characters were added back in in Unicode 3.0.0.
- The non-spacing dasia pneumata, psili pneumata and tonos were merged with non-spacing reversed comma above, comma above and vertical line above in the Combining Diacritical Marks block. The last was replaced by the spacing tonos, while in Unicode 5.1.0 the former two were replaced by the small heta and the capital archaic sampi.
- The non-spacing iota below and diaeresis tonos were renamed and moved to the Combining Diacritical Marks block. The latter was replaced by the spacing diaeresis tonos, while the former was replaced by the capital heta in Unicode 5.1.0.
- The Greek question mark, the upper and lower numeral signs and the aforementioned spacing tonos and diaeresis tonos, as well as the spacing iota below were moved to new positions within the block. They were replaced by the kai, or Greek &, (in Unicode 3.0.0), the capital and small archaic koppa (3.2.0), the jot (1.1.0), an alternative capital theta and the lunate epsilon (both 3.1.0) respectively.
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