[b-hebrew] Unicode/XML Westminster Leningrad Codex update of 13 Dec 2005
Christopher V. Kimball
mail at cvkimball.com
Sat Dec 10 16:46:50 EST 2005
Several major changes have been made in the Unicode/XML Westminster
Leningrad Codex at:
Please report any problems you encounter.
* The site now conforms to the Unicode 4.1 standard. Users
should download version v1.12 of the SBL font, *SBL_Hbrw.ttf*
Rendering on Internet Explorer 6+ has improved as a result.
* The Layout, Content, Font, and DH controls on book pages are
implemented as pull down lists to speed access. The default
Layout has been changed to Chapter. (Suggested by Gregg A.
The site will attempt to place a "cookie" on your machine to
preserve the selected values of the pull down lists and the
citation text fields from session to session. The site will
operate correctly if you refuse this cookie. (Suggested by
* The XML markup has been substantially changed.
/Although this is a significant change in markup, viewers of
the site will only notice differences in the qere/ketib variants./
1. The mark up of the header on the index and book files
has been changed to the *Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)*
standard header, *<teiHeader>*. The new header is
compatible with modern archiving standards. The header
may be viewed by clicking on the major title of the
index or book page.
2. Word (*w*), ketib (*k*), and qere (*q*) tags now contain
/orthographic/ rather than /prosodic/ words. Instead of
*<w>A maqaf B<w/>* the markup is now *<w>A
maqaf<w/>* *<w>B<w/>*. The change provides more accurate
representation of ketib/qere variants. Citations
specifying the a verse XML tag must be re-evaluated.
That is, a former citation of the form C:V.N may change.
3. The reversed nun, /nun hafucha/ has its own markup,
*<reversednun/>*, which is similar to that previously
used for the samekh, *<samekh/>*, and pe, *<pe/>*, markers.
4. Eleven letters in the Leningrad Codex have special text
decoration. For example, the ayin and dalet in the
Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4
are larger than normal. The markup includes a special
tag <*s t="decoration"*>X<*/s*> for these characters.
The *t* attribute may be large (4 instances), small (3
instances), or suspended (4 instances). The enclosed
characters (X) are displayed with the text decoration.
The special markup is invisible to most XPath-based
machine processing. Superscripts indicating the
transcription notes for these decorations (notes number
5,6,7) and for the reversed nun (note 8) have been
removed. Titles continue to show the transcription note,
5. The new markup is technically defined in the W3C Schema
The files are /not/ checked against this schema during
If problems are encountered with this substantial revision, /please
report the problems/ and revert to the previous version
<http://www.cvkimball.com/Tanach-2005-10-19/Tanach.xml> also accessible
from the home page.
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