Re: UTR# 15 - Objection to Hebrew Exclusions

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Oct 22 1999 - 10:24:32 EDT

Jonathan Rosenne scripsit:

> The characters listed:
> - are not part of the Hebrew subset
> - are not required to support Hebrew
> - are not available in Hebrew fonts
> - are not supported or even recognized by most Hebrew software
> - are not included in any Israeli national standard

But they are part of CP1255, a widely supported industry standard.

> I would like to observe that most users of Yiddish, in Israel and in
> Europe, are satisfied with the standard Hebrew support. So we are not
> excluding the language, only a particular usage.

Normalization is something new.

By making these characters compatibility rather than canonical compositions,
much of the problem would go away. Hebrew users would continue to avoid
them: Yiddish users would have them preserved in Normalization Forms
C and D. This change might have other bad effects, however.

John Cowan                         
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