I am a PhD Student at the University of Toronto's Centre for Medieval Studies, and in the Collaborative Program in Editing Medieval Texts. I am currently writing my dissertation on Alexander Neckam's commentaries on Proverbs, Song of Songs, and the Psalms. Also forthcoming is an edition of Samuel Presbiter’s Collecta ex diuersis auditis in schola magistri Willelmi de Montibus.
On the side, I have long pursued interests in technology and typography. This website provides a home for a few basic tools that I’ve found very useful in my work. You might also be interested in my list of online resources for Medieval Studies.
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Mac OS X Keyboard Layouts for Windows
Since the 1980s, Macintosh computers have shipped with a keyboard layout that makes it relatively easy to type diacritics and other symbols through the use of the Option key. This functionality has never been available on Windows, making it extremely cumbersome to type in foreign languages. I created two keyboard layouts to fix this situation.
Verba: Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary for Mac OS X
I was previously the maintainer of the Mac version of Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary, which its original creator has now taken up again. The code from version 1.2 is still available on Github.
Fonts for Scholars
Computers aren’t normally set up for excellence in typography, and don’t go out of their way to support dead languages. Fortunately, through the magic of Unicode, the situation can be improved somewhat by installing a few fonts. To access the characters you need, use the Character Viewer in Mac OS X or the Windows Character Map.
If you have even a remote interest in using type effectively in written communication, read The Elements of Typographic Style.
- Brill is fantastic, and has an enormous range of characters, with a very professional design. Unfortunately, it has a very restrictive licence.
- Gentium is a solid font for everyday use, and has most of the characters you’ll need, including Greek.
- Junicode and Cardo support a wide range of characters from the Medieval Unicode Font Initiative.
- New Athena Unicode is useful to have for obscure Greek characters. The Greek Font Society also makes available a few classic designs, such as Porson.
- Antinoou is the best font I’ve seen of Coptic.
- It is a little-known fact that if you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you already have basic versions of Minion and Myriad; they’re just not installed. These are probably about the best fonts that can be obtained freely, and they include excellent Greek and Cyrillic versions. Unfortunately, I do not know of any comprehensive instructions for installing them (I may write one eventually), but it boils down to copying the files from the Adobe Reader folder (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Resource\Font on a Windows computer, but this varies depending on what version you’re using) into your system fonts folder.