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Is it possible to compile the following example using pdfLaTeX showing the correct font for greek text, and not the default CMR?





Αυτό είναι ελληνικό κείμενο.
\selectlanguage{english} this is latin text.
\selectlanguage{greek} και αυτό είναι ελληνικό κείμενο.

a = b + \gamma

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Yes, but if the fonts haven't been setup up yet for pdflatex it would take some time and some skills. – Ulrike Fischer May 25 '14 at 13:08
@Sverre: pdflatex can include otf and ttf-fonts (but not subset them). – Ulrike Fischer May 25 '14 at 13:13
@cfr: Try it out: Add to a hello-world document which loads cmr10.pfb the line \pdfmapline{=cmr10 CMR10 <<lmroman10-regular.otf}. – Ulrike Fischer May 25 '14 at 13:44
Uh, no? The kerkis package is not a Unicode font. Your question was how to use a Unicode font with pdflatex. If that in fact was not your question, you should have asked what you actually wanted to accomplish (which seems to be "how to write Greek with pdflatex"). So please ask what you actually want to accomplish, otherwise the question will be closed. – Sverre May 25 '14 at 13:50
Both kerkis and tgheros are LaTeX fonts, not Unicode fonts. I don't understand what you're getting at now. Please edit your question and ask what you actually want to ask. Otherwise, as said, the question will be closed as it's not clear what you're asking. – Sverre May 25 '14 at 14:06

First, there's no reason to use \usepackage[iso-8859-7]{inputenc}. Use \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}. The font TeX-Gyre-Heros is a sans-serif font, so it'll be used only if the text is set to be sans-serif.

\usepackage[english, greek]{babel}


Αυτό είναι ελληνικό κείμενο.
\selectlanguage{english}this is latin text.
\selectlanguage{greek}και αυτό είναι ελληνικό κείμενο.

\[a = b + \gamma\]


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"the correct font for greek text, and not the default CMR" means that the produced greek text is not in tgheros font! Can't you see it in your attached figure? – TeXFun May 25 '14 at 14:47
@TeXFun - Maybe should reconsider carefully your preference for using pdflatex instead of either xelatex or lualatex. – Mico May 25 '14 at 14:54
+1 for pointing out that the option iso-8859-7 would seem to be out of place. – Mico May 25 '14 at 14:55
@Mico The focus of my question was on the font of greek text, and not how to use inputenc package. – TeXFun May 25 '14 at 15:17
Right. I don't know how the Greek font face in Computer Modern looks. I'll update my answer. – Sverre May 25 '14 at 15:20

TeX Gyre Heros does not support Greek. You can see this in the opentype version of the fonts:

otfinfo -s fonts/opentype/public/tex-gyre/texgyreheros-regular.otf 
DFLT            Default
cyrl            Cyrillic
latn            Latin
latn.AZE        Latin/Azeri
latn.CRT        Latin/Crimean Tatar
latn.MOL        Latin/Moldavian
latn.NLD        Latin/Dutch
latn.PLK        Latin/Polish
latn.ROM        Latin/Romanian
latn.TRK        Latin/Turkish

Similarly, the LaTeX fonts include support for no suitable encoding.

The fonts do include Greek characters which may be used in, for example, typesetting mathematics. But there is no support for typesetting Greek text.

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