Re: Exemplar Characters

From: Mark E. Shoulson (
Date: Wed Nov 16 2005 - 11:07:59 CST

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    Michael Everson wrote:

    > At 06:59 +0200 2005-11-16, JR wrote:
    >> The exemplar character set for Hebrew should be limited to that of ISO
    >> 8859-8, i.e. Alef to Tav plus ' and ".
    > Not apostrophe and quotation mark, I take it.

    No, U+05F3 and U+05F4. Other punctuation marks are used, but we didn't
    list punctuation with the French alphabet either. On the other hand,
    you can't spell some (foreign-loaned) Modern Hebrew words without
    U+05F3, and U+05F4 is necessary for abbreviations, even those which are
    treated as verbs (e.g. תנ״כי as an adjective ("Biblical") from תנ״ך, an
    acronym meaning "the Bible")

    >> Other characters, such as the points and accents, are not commonly
    >> used and
    >> are not implemented in a large proportion of systems and applications.
    > Not commonly used? I have a copy of The Hobbit in Hebrew which is
    > pointed all the way through.

    There's the question: is that "commonly"? Or is it just in children's
    literature and poetry and liturgy/scripture? Does that count as
    "commonly" or not? And there are arguments to be had on that point
    until the angels tire of dancing on pinheads.


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