From: James Kass (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 06:31:01 CDT
Shemayah Phillips has kindly given permission to forward this
response to a question about Hebrew range palaeo- fonting along
to our public list.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Shemayah Phillips" <email@example.com>
To: "James Kass" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: Palaeo-Hebrew, Phoenician, and Unicode (Phoenician Unicode proposal)
> Shalom James,
> I have a number of Hebrew fonts or transliteration fonts. The first ones
> were assigned to the same keys as some fonts I used in the old
> MegaWriter (ChiWriter) program. I was a means of using Hebrew, Palaeo,
> and transliteration on our website beginning in 1996.
> But I assume you are talking about a Palaeo font which used the standard
> Hebrew keyboard assignments. I'll be honest and tell you that I am not
> up to speed on unicode.
> The reason for doing this was a project among us and the Karaites. They
> asked me to do this in order that they could use a Hebrew encoded Tanak
> text which would be available online, and readable in Internet Explorer.
> So I am thinking this is your second scenario.
> I have no problem with a reassignment of my palaeo in order to
> accommodate as many Hebrew glyphs as possible.
> In the Internet Explorer situation above it was possible to display
> either Palaeo or Asshuri (square script) depending on what the html
> asked for because of the I was asked to assign the font characters.
> The design of the characters was my attempt to capture the most typical
> and classical forms after comparing a number of references. I have seen
> a number of fonts since then which appear to me to atypical or just
> importation of scanned examples from particular inscriptions, and a wide
> variety of fonts from inscriptions. As a teacher (former at this point),
> I used this font design also to show the similarities and history of
> "our" Graeco-Latin characters' in Canaanite/Punic/Palaeo characters, and
> so strokes needed to be clear and representative to younger students but
> realistic as well.
> "rather lively discussion"? That sounds interesting. Are you interested
> in the design of the characters for the standard? If so, as long as they
> publically available to all, I would be receptive concerning their use.
> I would like acknowledgement for the design/rendering of the glyphs.
> You can forward my reply if it is of interest.
> James Kass wrote:
> >There is currently a proposal to include the ancient Phoenician
> >script in Unicode/ISO.
> >Are you in contact with anyone who cares to express an opinion
> >on the merits of the proposal? It is available on-line in PDF
> >format at:
> >Also, a question has come up in the rather lively discussion of this
> >topic on the Unicode public list about a Palaeo Hebrew font
> >offered on the Ebionite web pages. It seems that the font
> >uses Palaeo Hebrew glyphs in conjunction with the Hebrew
> >range of code points in Unicode. We wonder if the reason
> >for this is because your community considers the ancient
> >Palaeo Hebrew writings to be the same script as, or only a
> >stylistic variant of, the square-style modern Hebrew letters...
> >...is the reason behind this because using the modern Hebrew
> >range to display Palaeo Hebrew guarantees that the layout of
> >the text will be right-to-left as expected and, in the absence
> >of a Unicode range for Phoenician/Palaeo-Hebrew, using the
> >Hebrew range seems to be the best choice?
> >I am hoping that you are Shemayah ben-Avraham, who created
> >the fonts, and that you can help us by sharing your understanding
> >of this important writing system.
> >If you choose to reply, may I forward your reply to the Unicode
> >public list? (This is a list open to the public for the purpose of
> >discussing matters relating to Unicode and is hosted by The
> >Unicode Consortium. Please see this link...
> >...for more information about the Unicode public list.)
> >With best regards,
> >James Kass
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