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Many bacteriophage names consist of or contain Greek letters. Depending on the browser you use, the method used by the page author, and your system software, these may or may not display as Greek letters on the page you are viewing. These parts of phage names may be specified by page authors in one of four ways:
1. The Greek letter may be written out in Latin letters (those we use for English).
Comments: This method works in all curcumstances, but is cumbersome, and not standard practice in other forms of publication.
2. the Greek letter may be converted to a GIF or JPG file and displayed as an image.
Comments: The page author may not have specified an "alternate text" for browsers not displaying images. The page author may have specified image size (considered good practice), and that may be different from text size as determined by your local settings or page author's other settings. Images may slow loading of the page.
3. The page author may use the Symbol font (which contains Greek letters).
Comments: This font is now part of most modern operating systems. If you don't have this font, you can get it from one of the many free font download sites on the WWW. Recognition of this font depends on which platform, software, and version you are using, but is more common than recognition of the HTML special characters.
4. The page author may use special HTML characters to render Greek letters.
Comments: These are not recognized by older versions of browser software. Newer version recognition depends on which platform and software you are using.
This table displays a few representative phage names in each of the presentations and shows how the Symbol font letters, or HTML code for them, may look on your screen if you do not have that font installed in your system or your browser does not recognize that code. If the two columns relating to either the Symbol font presentation or the HTML special character presentation look the same to you, your setup does not support that presentation.
Some common phage names in different display
Latin names Greek letter images Symbol font in names how Symbol font-specified names look when this font is not on your system or not recognized HTML characters in names how HTML-specified names look when your browser does not recognize them
lambda Greek lambda l l λ or λ λ or ?
phiX174 X174 fX174 fX174 φX174 or φX174 φX174 or ?X174
corynephage beta corynephage corynephage b corynephage b corynephage β or corynephage β corynephage β or ?
corynephage alpha corynephage corynephage a corynephage a corynephage α or corynephage α corynephage α or ?

Please note that some bacteriophage names actually use the Roman letter f, as in coliphages f1 and fd. As far as we know these are not duplicated by any phage names using phi (which in Symbol font is designated with f), so it should be possible to avoid confusion.

The pages on this site use image files for Greek letters in some headers, and Symbol font in many of the text pages.