From: Elaine Keown (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Sep 26 2003 - 11:41:21 EDT
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>From: Dean Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
>Date: Tue Sep 16 2003 - 16:03:36 EDT
>Can anyone point me to documentation on the history
>of Hebrew in Unicode? Origins, people, meetings,
>controversies, proposals, timeline,
>relationship to encoding Arabic, etc. I couldn't
There is general information on the history of
computerizing Hebrew , starting in 1959, in my
published article "Hebrew alphabets, symbols, and
computer codes," Revue des Etudes Juives, Jan/Jun
2002. The article contains diverse errors (I have NO
affiliation with any group whatsoever at UPenn) and is
an older, simpler version of my research.
The article covers what are, unfortunately, two
1) public Hebrew standards
2) private, academic efforts to computerize pointed
In addition, it gives a list with documentation of the
complete, "extended" Hebrew character set.
I was told third-hand that in the late 1980s some
prominent technical people from the SBL (Society of
Biblical Literature) tried to communicate with Unicode
about their private academic Hebrew code, which
contained most of the marks we are currently arguing
about. I was also told that they were ignored by
whomever they contacted.
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