Re: Response to Everson Ph and why Jun 7? fervor

From: E. Keown (
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 19:05:39 CDT

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            Elaine Keown

    Dear Patrick Durusau:

    > someone who claimed that more than half of the
    > characters necessary to encode Biblical Hebrew were
    > missing from Unicode but has been unable for
    > years to produce a list of the missing characters.

    In maybe July, John Hudson will complete a font for
    these "missing characters." John estimates there are
    90-140 of them.

    John volunteered to spend his weekends and holidays
    helping me by making a large Unicode proposal font.

    These characters are not 'Tiberian' Hebrew--they are
    Babylonian Hebrew, Samaritan Hebrew, Palestinian
    Hebrew, epigraphic Hebrew, Dead Sea Scrolls Hebrew,
    and 'digraphs' for ~40 other Jewish languages written
    in Hebrew.

    Jumping ahead of John, I put up preliminary Babylonian
    and Samaritan proposals a couple weeks ago. Prof.
    Stephen Kaufman has seen the Babylonian one and made
    initial comments.

    And, it also makes a difference which version of
    technology one wishes to use.

    I think Biblical Hebrew+ should be 'mainstreamed'--it
    should use information retrieval algorithms....for
    that approach one needs more characters than people
    who like XML-etc type approaches...Elaine

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