From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat May 22 2004 - 17:51:29 CDT
At 15:14 -0700 2004-05-22, E. Keown wrote:
>I got hysterical--or perhaps I should say, continued to be
>hysterical--because I thought no one on the Unicode list was
>listening (even to Dean Snyder, a
>very serious expert) and I thought maybe you all would listen to
>Kaufman....he does have the 2nd-largest Semitic database in the
>world at this point.
No Semiticist is going to convince me that Phoenician is a font
variant of Hebrew. Ever. The history of writing systems says
otherwise. That is *my* expert opinion.
Whether Semiticists want to transliterate everything into Hebrew or
Latin in their databases is their business. I fully support their
What "problems" people like Dean imagine will occur if they are
googling for Phoenician documents, well, it's just not serious. Many
texts exist in Latin transliteration, and the problems of the
representation of ALEF and AYIN in Latin transliteration are worse
than any problem anyone would ever have with poor li'l Phoenician.
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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