From: Peter Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Aug 01 2003 - 05:50:04 EDT
On 01/08/2003 00:14, Jony Rosenne wrote:
>The characters in the block FBxx are deprecated and are not needed. The are
>equivalent to their decomposed sequence.
>In Hebrew, there are basically three layers: The letters, which are
>mandatory, the points, which are optional and indicate vowels and other
>pronunciation variations, and cantillation marks which are also optional and
>It is possible to use partial pointing, marking only some of the letters.
>Cantillation marks are used only with the Bible and not always.
>Some marks are difficult to classify.
>It should be possible to compare and mix plain Hebrew, without any points
>and cantillation marks, with pointed or fully marked Hebrew.
>Thus, there is only one letter Shin, commonly unpointed and representing
>both Shin and Sin. In pointed text, the Shin and Sin points are added.
Good point, Jony. One good reason for not using precombined characters
in Hebrew is that it makes it much easier (even as a font attribute or
something of the sort) to strip the pointing from a text or ignore all
points. In an unpointed text holam male is a vav. So that's a good
reason for it to be a vav plus something in a pointed text.
-- Peter Kirk email@example.com http://web.onetel.net.uk/~peterkirk/
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