Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: Ernest Cline (
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 20:58:13 CDT

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    > [Original Message]
    > From: John Jenkins <>
    > On May 19, 2004, at 5:07 PM, John Hudson wrote:
    > > Michael, can you briefly outline the points regarding this
    > > 'requirement'? The only one that has been repeatedly referred to in
    > > this too-long discussion is the Tetragrammaton usage; I'm not sure
    > > whether that constitutes a requirement for plain-text or not. What are
    > > the other points?
    > >
    > You go down to your local cybercafe to read your email from your
    > grandmother telling you all about your nephew's bar-mitzvah.
    > Unfortunately, your local cybercafe has no modern Hebrew (or Yiddish)
    > installed, but they *do* have a Phoenician one. You cannot, as a
    > result, even tell what language your grandmother is writing you in, let
    > alone what it means.

    I would be very surprised if there were such a cybercafe. One
    that had both a Hebrew-Phoenican and a Hebrew-Hebrew font
    with the Hebrew-Phoenician as the default would be much easier
    to believe as a possibility. Still, it is a valid point. I think that if
    Phoenician were to be unified with Hebrew, it would probably
    behoove Unicode to establish variation sequences for Phoenician.

    Even with a separate Phoenician script, it might be a good idea
    to provide variation sequences that could be used to identify
    different script styles such as Paleo-Hebrew and Punic
    in the plain text.

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