Re: Biblical Hebrew

Date: Fri Jun 27 2003 - 05:22:30 EDT

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    Kenneth Whistler wrote on 06/26/2003 10:15:12 PM:

    > How does a user of pointed Hebrew text know whether they are
    > dealing with the legacy points...

    Ken, corresponding arguments apply equally to your suggestion of putting
    CGJ everywhere and letting software make it transparent to the user: how
    does the user distinguish between implementations intended for Modern
    Hebrew / Yiddish / etc. which do not have special processing for CGJ, and
    implenentations intended for Biblical Hebrew that do?

    > What happens if they edit text represented in one
    > scheme with a tool meant for the other?


    > What about searches
    > on data with pointed Hebrew -- should it normalize the two
    > sets of points or not?

    The users aren't going to insert a bunch of CGJs. Should software treat
    representations with and without (or partially with) as equivalent?


    The problem lies with incorrect assumptions related to canonical combining
    classes and the requirements of Biblical Hebrew when the characters were
    added. I think *any* of the solutions we've been looking at is going to
    leave multiple parties "holding some part of the can".

    - Peter

    Peter Constable

    Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
    7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
    Tel: +1 972 708 7485

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