Re: Yerushala(y)im - or Biblical Hebrew

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Tue Jul 22 2003 - 17:44:31 EDT

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    On 22/07/2003 13:59, John Hudson wrote:

    > At 04:36 AM 7/22/2003, Peter Kirk wrote:
    >> These both explain the problem in some detail. They also propose
    >> alternative combining classes for the Hebrew vowels without actually
    >> proposing that the existing Unicode definitions should be changed.
    > It should be noted that the alternative combining classes proposed in
    > this document are for developers who want to do custom normalisation
    > in a controlled text processing environment, with all the expected
    > caveats about the classes being non-standard. A solution that works
    > flawlessly to both encode and render Biblical Hebrew text is going to
    > take a while (the proposed control character insertion model breaks
    > current rendering implementations -- not sure why, but I'm looking
    > into it). In the meantime, we have users who want to work with a
    > typeface that can correctly render the entire Biblia Hebraica text in
    > current apps, and developers who want to do normalisation in search
    > queries in their software. The alternative combining classes are a
    > hack that permits this while we await a definitive encoding solution
    > from the UTC and updates to rendering implementations.
    > John Hudson
    > Tiro Typeworks
    > Vancouver, BC
    And then if (and I know it's a big if) the UTC agrees in principle to
    allow a change to these combining classes, would the custom values that
    you have listed there be suitable for a first draft proposal for new
    combining classes?

    Peter Kirk

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