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Unicode Code Converter

http://rishida.net/tools/conversion/

You can paste in text in Unicode, the tool will convert to several different codes that you might need for development.

This is the above text in decimal code points:
89 111 117 32 99 97 110 32 112 97 115 116 101 32 105 110 32 116 101 120 116 32 105 110 32 85 110 105 99 111 100 101 44 32 116 104 101 32 116 111 111 108 32 119 105 108 108 32 99 111 110 118 101 114 116 32 116 111 32 115 101 118 101 114 97 108 32 100 105 102 102 101 114 101 110 116 32 99 111 100 101 115 32 116 104 97 116 32 121 111 117 32 109 105 103 104 116 32 110 101 101 100 32 102 111 114 32 100 101 118 101 108 111 112 109 101 110 116 46

The tool might be extremely useful if you get text encoded in Unicode and you want to know how it is encoded. If you are dealing with extended Greek, it might be helpful for finding cases of accented letters encoded in two different sets: Greek & Greek extended. For instance:

μ U+03BC: GREEK SMALL LETTER MU (Greek and Coptic)
α U+03B1: GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA (Greek and Coptic)
λ U+03BB: GREEK SMALL LETTER LAMDA (Greek and Coptic)
α U+03B1: GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA (Greek and Coptic)
κ U+03BA: GREEK SMALL LETTER KAPPA (Greek and Coptic)
ί U+03AF: GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA WITH TONOS (Greek and Coptic)
ε U+03B5: GREEK SMALL LETTER EPSILON (Greek and Coptic)
ς U+03C2: GREEK SMALL LETTER FINAL SIGMA (Greek and Coptic)

versus

μ U+03BC: GREEK SMALL LETTER MU (Greek and Coptic)
U+0020: SPACE (Basic Latin)
α U+03B1: GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA (Greek and Coptic)
U+0020: SPACE (Basic Latin)
λ U+03BB: GREEK SMALL LETTER LAMDA (Greek and Coptic)
U+0020: SPACE (Basic Latin)
α U+03B1: GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA (Greek and Coptic)
U+0020: SPACE (Basic Latin)
κ U+03BA: GREEK SMALL LETTER KAPPA (Greek and Coptic)
U+0020: SPACE (Basic Latin)
ί U+1F77: GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA WITH OXIA (Greek Extended)
U+0020: SPACE (Basic Latin)
ε U+03B5: GREEK SMALL LETTER EPSILON (Greek and Coptic)
U+0020: SPACE (Basic Latin)
ς U+03C2: GREEK SMALL LETTER FINAL SIGMA (Greek and Coptic)

Τhe difference is in the GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA which has two accented variations in Unicode, WITH TONOS (which is what is being inputted by most operating systems over the keyboard when Greek is selected) and WITH OXIA, which is found in some electronic texts in the Web. Most fonts display this with the same glyph, so confusion is the name of the day for those who are not aware of the problem. You can read more in Nick Nicholas’s pages about Unicode. Limiting yourself to using the fonts Nick is suggesting is rather impractical, and practically the WITH TONOS characters are the ones generally in use.

Wordle – Beautiful Word Clouds

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Wordle – Beautiful Word Clouds

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Herbert Weir Smyth: A Greek Grammar for Colleges

A Greek Grammar for Colleges

I found this site very useful (I have to check Smyth’s grammar for reference purposes and this site is better than Smyth@Perseus). It’s the same XML-text, I suppose, but presented differently.

Update 16/09/2011: The link is now password-protected. A PDF-Version of the actual book can be found here.

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