RE: Hebrew final kaf issues

From: Jonathan Rosenne (
Date: Sat Jan 06 2001 - 17:05:12 EST

P.S. You may want to look at


This is entirely a font issue, not currently related to the presentation forms.
Unicode, in principle, codes characters rather than glyphs. See

The rendering software knows which glyph to select, and it is up to the font
designer to decide if he will use hints, kerning tables etc. or a separate glyph
for a particular combination.

The question you raise is only one of the issues. The Sheva is normally on the
right hand side of letters such as Resh and Dalet, but all the fonts I have seen
center it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joshua W Biagio []
> Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2001 11:03 AM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: Hebrew final kaf issues
> Perhaps one who is interested in Hebrew (both modern and Masoretic
> pointed texts) could enlighten me as to why the sheva/qamats points are
> not located properly on a final kaf.
> Although one gets the gist of things when it is written with the point at
> the "bottom" (conventional?) location, it does not have the polished look
> such as when the point is located up in the letter (check any modern
> pointed text, such as Oxford's Hebrew - English dictionary, say for the
> word 'melek' [king]) and you'll know what I mean.
> It seems a bit shortsighted to include dagesh presentation forms of the
> letters in the Unicode standard, but not this special case of the final
> kaf. Any commentary by any interested and informed party would be much
> appreciated.
> -Joshua

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