From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Nov 04 2003 - 13:10:23 EST
On 03/11/2003 15:26, Markus Scherer wrote:
> I suggest you try it out -
> ICU implements the UCA, including discontiguous contractions.
Thank you, Markus. Unfortunately the results are barely usable because
they are in Arial Unicode MS or something (and cannot be changed) which
simply fails to give a meaningful display of pointed Hebrew. There is a
clear need for a mechanism for the user to specify a useful display font
with good support for the text in question.
But one thing is immediately clear. I sorted a set of shins with various
combinations of shin and sin dot and dagesh, each followed by alef and
separately by bet. The default collator sorted all the shin alefs before
all the shin bets. This is probably correct for modern Hebrew. It is not
the preferred ordering for biblical Hebrew.
Here are the results of the sort, which are slightly more legible when
pasted into this message, and show the ordering shin, <shin, dagesh,
shin dot>, <shin, dagesh, sin dot>, <shin, shin dot>, <shin, sin dot>. I
would consider this incorrect even for modern Hebrew as sin and shin
dots logically come before dagesh, so I would prefer <shin, shin dot>,
<shin, dagesh, shin dot>, <shin, sin dot>, <shin, dagesh, sin dot>, or
perhaps better still with sin dot before shin dot.
-- Peter Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org (personal) email@example.com (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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