[b-hebrew] Re: [Biblical-languages] A threat to the integrity of the Hebrew language?

Peter Kirk peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com
Sat Jul 19 09:48:17 EDT 2003

On 19/07/2003 06:29, Peter_Constable at sil.org wrote:

>Dear all:
>As author of the proposal document Peter Kirk has mentioned, I guess I 
>should respond. Please note that I do not do so defensively; I have 
>discussed this issue with Peter prior to his posting, and this is not a 
>matter of personal attack for me. I am merely wanting to work with 
>interested parties to obtain a solution to an existing problem so that 
>Biblical Hebrew texts can adequately be represented in Unicode.
>The proposal document was no more than that: a proposal; a position that 
>gets expressed in writing and put out in public for discussion and 
>consideration. There has been enough response expressing concern over 
>dividing Biblical and Modern Hebrew data and implementations that this 
>proposal has a very low likelihood of being pursued.
>To conclude, the supposed threat Peter Kirk mentioned is not very real, 
>though his effort has been useful in gaining input from a wider group of 
>users and implementers, and is certainly appreciated.
>- Peter
>Peter Constable
>Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
>7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
>Tel: +1 972 708 7485
Thanks for the update, Peter. I have myself never wanted to portray this 
as an anti-Microsoft thing. I appreciate how much Microsoft has already 
done to make biblical Hebrew display well with its standard software, 
much better than with any other non-specialist software which I know.

I am certainly happy that the threat is not very real, that "this 
proposal has a very low likelihood of being pursued". But, if I 
understand correctly, it is still on the table and is being pursued by 
Microsoft - although even the other proposers who I have contacted seem 
to give it at best lukewarm support. And UTC members have asked me to 
gather more evidence. So I will collect together the responses I 
receive, and copy them to you, Peter, until I am assured that the 
proposal has been withdrawn or officially rejected.

Peter Kirk
peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com

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