Re: Linux i18n project coordination

From: Mark H. David (
Date: Fri Aug 13 1999 - 01:47:14 EDT

Our expert on open software from the UYIP
list ( provided this
feedback on Yiddish/Hebrew: -- Mark

From: (Raphael Finkel)
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 09:40:27 -0400
Subject: Re: Multilingual Linux, etc.

With regards to Linux and unicode:

I downloaded the newest source for xterm (version 112) and compiled it with
the unicode extension. I also got some Unicode fonts from

The good news: xterm understands Unicode, and the fonts are in fact Unicode
fonts with a wealth of alphabets.

The medium news: Not all the 20 or so fonts in the package contain the Hebrew
region, and of those that do, most either are missing the vowels (we need
komets, pasekh, and khirik for Yiddish) or the special Yiddish characters
(tsvey-vov, vov-yud). However, two of the fonts appear complete in that


The bad news: xterm has no facilities for right-to-left, so you need to
reverse your text manually (or learn to read backwards). xterm has no support
for composing characters, so even if you get pasekh-alef, the pasekh will
follow the alef, not be composed with it.

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