RE: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Fri May 21 2004 - 23:29:55 CDT

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    Michael Everson wrote at 11:25 PM on Friday, May 21, 2004:

    >At 16:01 -0400 2004-05-21, Dean Snyder wrote:
    >>I was responding to Michael's positive assertion that he has "yet to find
    >>a single font with Hebrew encoding and Phoenician glyphs". The weight of
    >>that statement is directly proportional to the quality of his search.
    >What a pile of poo, Dean. I can send you any number of Phoenician
    >fonts in Latin coding with no trouble. You can find them easily with
    >a simple google. You've yet to support your thesis that there are
    >loads of Phoenician glyphs out there with Hebrew code points. Putting
    >the blame on me?

    You're mixing references to Unicode and overloaded ASCII (or other pre-
    Unicode code pages).

    What I said was that most of the Hebrew fonts that people have are Latin
    clones (i.e., overloaded ASCII), and I would bet that the corresponding
    Phoenician fonts use the same (ASCII) code points for the same characters
    as their Hebrew counterparts. That's all I was saying.

    I did not address whether or not people are using Unicode Hebrew code
    points for Phoenician/Paleo-Hebrew glyphs, although almost all fonts for
    archaic Semitic scripts with which I am familiar are not Unicode based,
    and so that fact alone would tend to artificially skew the statistics in
    your favor ;-)


    Dean A. Snyder

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    Whiting School of Engineering
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