[b-hebrew] question about Song of the Sea

Dora Smith villandra at austin.rr.com
Mon Mar 29 21:31:42 EST 2004

I'm not sure anyone quite understood - but one of my two efforts to post that stuff from Strong's and the International Bible Encyclopedia used Unicode.  My e-mail displayed the Hebrew as gibberish - but once I copied and pasted it into WORD and then highlighted the gibberish and changed the font to Hebrew, the Hebrew text returned - and those words that I could recognize were unscathed.  SUS, for instance.   

Too bad the list isnt at Yahoo, where one can upload files in a variety of formats that can;t be posted to the list or that are intended for permanent reference.  

I wouldn't actually want to write an entire post in Hebrew; just a few words.   With their transliterations.  

I checked; I actually have WL Hebrew Parsons and WP Hebrew David installed on my computer.  Possibly from the searching I did sometime ago.

Only questions - how do you get it to write from right to left (It currently writes from left to right) and how do you put the vowel markers in?   

Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra at austin.rr.com
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] question about Song of the Sea

> Dora, you should be careful with what Dave wrote because it contains 
> misleading statements and factual errors.
> On 28/03/2004 21:38, Dave Washburn wrote:
> >Then this ain't the place to be.  That's all we use here because of the 
> >diversity of mailers that members use.  Some can handle Hebrew script, some 
> >can't, so we use ASCII transliteration as the lowest common denominator.  
> >It's not an ideal situation, but the good part is, it allows those occasional 
> >visitors who don't read Hebrew script to participate as well.
> >  
> >
> I propose that we use snail mail rather than e-mail because that is the 
> lowest common denominator to include people who don't have computers. Or 
> perhaps we should send voice messages rather than writing anything for 
> the sake of English speakers who don't read English script. :-)
> Alternatively, we can try to rise above the lowest common denominator.
> >And considering the plethora of Hebrew fonts out there, ...
> >
> This is irrelevant. There are international standards for interchange of 
> Hebrew text in e-mail, Unicode and ISO 8859-8. Text which is encoded 
> according to these standards can be displayed by any standard Hebrew 
> font, including (although not very beautifully, as George Somsel pointed 
> out re holam) Times New Roman and the other Microsoft core fonts.
> >... trying to settle on 
> >one particular one for the whole list would be a major headache, and would 
> >exclude those with text-only mail programs.
> >  
> >
> This is an error of fact. It is quite possible to send Hebrew in plain 
> text-only e-mail, as follows: בְּרֵאשִׁית - if you set the character coding 
> to Unicode or ISO 8859-8. If a mail program cannot display this, it is 
> not because it is text-only but because it does not support Hebrew. 
> (Dora, this is what you failed to do in your posting which was supposed 
> to be Unicode; Outlook Express does allow you to do so.)
> As there are plenty of free e-mail clients now available which do 
> support Hebrew, I think it is reasonable to ask those interested in 
> Hebrew to install one. After all, if one is really interested in a 
> subject one needs to acquire the basic tools for that subject.
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
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