two teaspoons of computational Hebrew history

From: E. Keown (
Date: Thu Jan 26 2006 - 10:09:42 CST

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    In the beginning, in 1963, the Hebrew Bible was
    computerized for the first time in France by a truly
    great scholar named
    Gerard Weil.

    After Weil the same manuscript---the Leningrad
    Codex---was computerized about 6 times so far, by
    different groups of people or by individals, in
    Belgium and the U.S. Weil also computerized the 3
    other major codices----Aleppo, London, Cairo....

    However, none of these teams included a computer
    And none of them ever produced a national Hebrew
    standard, in any of the countries where this happened.

    So when the ISO 1987 Hebrew standard came into being,
    it was the first and only public Hebrew standard
    before Unicode.

    The vowels and 'accents' you have in Unicode are
    supposed to be good enough to represent the Leningrad
    Codex, because that's what everyone works with, in

    Today's utterly fascinating history lesson.

    Elaine Keown
    in white-bread America

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