# Is it possible to type easily polytonic greek in XeTeX? [duplicate]

Some years ago, I used polutonikogreek option of the babel package to insert acutes, graves and other symbols in the text. For example, with \textgreek{fu/sis} => φύσις. The problem is that I cannot use \usepackage{fontspec} together with inputenc and babel packages. Is there any "textgreek" alternative command to insert easily polytonic greek in XeLaTeX (using simple characters like >, ' ,<, | etc of polutonicgreek option)?

• Does tex.stackexchange.com/a/30832/4427 help? – egreg Mar 24 '15 at 17:42
• @egreg Yes of course! What an excellent solution. The only problem I have: I can not understand your instructions: teckit_compile asciitogreek.map How I will convert asciitogreek.map and where to put the conversion? I have Windows 7 +TeXLive Thanks! – kornaros Mar 24 '15 at 18:53
• Save asciitogreek.map in the same directory as your main TeX file and open a command window in the same directory; then you should be able to type teckit_compile asciitogreek.map at the prompt and get the required asciitogreek.tec file. – egreg Mar 24 '15 at 18:55
• @egreg Is it possible to have a more "portable" and "configurable" solution? I tried α| with no result. (So I have again to change all the asciitogreek.map for my needs..) I would like something like \usepackage{newunicodechar} (the commands do not work always for any possible combination of two or more characters) or using active characters as in tex.stackexchange.com/questions/169093/…? – kornaros Mar 25 '15 at 4:23
• The feature can be accommodated, but it requires some work; basically one has to add for α the same combinations as for a. Doing \newunicodechar{α}{a} would be a temporary workaround, but not really a good one. – egreg Mar 25 '15 at 9:24