Word converts unicode Greek letters to beta code

Hi all,

A friend of mine used this site: http://www.typegreek.com/ to write a document containing Greek characters. The site converts Beta code – a way of representing written Greek using only ASCII characters – into Greek characters. I believe it uses the UTF-8 encoding.

For example, typing a into the input would produce an α.

When I received my friend's document over email and opened it in Word, the Greek characters had been converted back into Beta code.

For example, instead of , I would see e(.

Interestingly, this is not an issue caused by Word reading the file using the wrong encoding – if it were, the Greek letters would be displayed as unknown characters (e.g. �) or similar, rather than Latin characters.

Do you know why this would be happening, how it can be stopped, and (if possible) how documents such as this can be fixed?

Thanks,

Joaquim

 

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Last updated July 11, 2018 Views 51 Applies to:
If the beta code sequences had undergone conversion at http://www.typegreek.com/, you would not be seeing the beta code sequences, since those sequences are actually replaced there by the Unicode equivalents. The implication is that your friend has used a font on their own system that displays beta code sequences as Greek characters, but you're seeing the beta code sequences because you don't have that font installed.
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Thank you so much for the reply! I'll do some cross-examination of the witness.

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Joaquim

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