Stephen Carlson wrote:Yes, I agree with Eeli. Different lexicons will slice and dice the meanings differently. There is no one standard.
And he's right that learning the Greek alphabet is the least of one's problems if they are serious about Greek. It occurs to me that. in the days of eight-bit computing (e.g., the 1980s). having integers for all the Greek words made computer implementations easier (e.g., no need for a Greek keyboard if the user can just type numbers), but these days we have the computing resources to handle Greek properly.
Yes, but there are still issues. The same word may be listed with different forms in lexicons, the Unicode normalization may differ even if the word looks the same to the human being, etc. So numbers are undeniably convenient in software.
Another option is to use, say, the Unicode NFC normalization of the lexical form of a word, and agree on one standard lexical form. BDAG is great, but it's not freely available. LSJ is freely available, so the Perseus lexical form might be a reasonable choice.