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peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Jan 14 19:51:35 EST 2005
On 14/01/2005 23:27, DJNordlund at aol.com wrote:
> No, when using unicode fonts it is not necessary to have "the correct"
> installed. That is the benefit of unicode. All you need is some unicode
> font that supports the language you are interested in. Unicode fonts
> like MS
> Arial Unicode, and Palatino Linotype support (at least) English,
> Greek, and Hebrew. Those fonts can appropriately render Hebrew or
> Greek text
> that is written using those fonts, or any other unicode fonts, such as
> SIL EZRA
> unicode or Cyberbit Basic, etc., as long as UTF-8 encoding is used to
> the text (as pointed out by Peter Kirk).
Actually you don't need any of these special fonts to read Unicode
Hebrew. At least on Windows XP and 2000, I think also on Windows 98 with
Internet Explorer 5 or later, the system standard fonts Times New Roman,
Arial and Courier New support legible Hebrew. You will just get the
1) The holam dot is wrongly shown as a spacing character;
2) No support for accents/cantillation marks (you will see square boxes
3) The text may be very small, as Dave noted;
4) The fixed spacing Courier New, often the default for plain text
e-mail, looks very ugly in Hebrew.
For better looking results, use Ezra SIL (not SIL Ezra which is not
Unicode), SBL Hebrew etc.
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