[b-hebrew] Hebrew keyboard & font size

Herman Meester crazymulgogi at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 08:20:16 EST 2006

Frankly, I don't know much about software, but I would encourage
scholars that do like to have their software optimised to try Linux.
As the Linux source code is public and the kernel can be altered by
anyone, this would be the ideal system to optimise, for example, for
Hebrew input methods.
Linux can be run with so called uninstalled Live-cd version, such as
Ubuntu, Knoppix, or many other distributions, and even the desktop
environment is interchangeable, for example you choose between KDE,
Gnome, and more. Linux can also be installed ("dual boot") side by
side with MSWindows. A system like SuSE Linux 10.1 is just as easy,
maybe easier, to install and use, as MSWindows.
I will leave my propaganda at this, after having mentioned that even
the network of the Microsoft building runs Linux, just as most of the
internet servers.

If anyone would like some links, just let me know. I am not a
shareholder in any company ;)
Best regards,

2006/1/19, Peter Kirk <peter at qaya.org>:
> On 18/01/2006 20:16, Paul Rembach wrote:
> > ...
> >
> >After reinstalling Keyman and various keyboards, the font size problem
> >vanished but another input issue surfaced.  Fortunately the answer to this
> >was found in the document 'Biblical Hebrew(SIL) keyboard manual' that is
> >part of the SIL Ezra font package where it states:
> >
> >...
> >
> >So.  OpenOffice as suggested by Herman Meester or upgrade to
> >MSOffice/Word2003.  Notepad can be used but even it is not perfect  when
> >working with already existing multi language text.
> >
> >
> >
> It seems to me that this is a specific problem with this one keyboard.
> And that is found because this keyboard uses particular combinations of
> keys, probably mostly for input of Hebrew accents and other rare marks.
> This is unlikely to be a problem with David Perry's Hebrew keyboard (see
> http://scholarsfonts.net/keybrds.html), which doesn't use strange
> keyboard combinations, and which four years after the release of the
> beta version still distributed still has accents "not yet implemented,
> except for the three above" (munah, ole and atnahta, for some odd
> reason). The following note is also still current after 3½ years:
> > Note 7/24/02:  The Hebrew keyboard was originally created while I was
> > running Windows 98.  Since moving to Windows XP, I have discovered
> > some bugs.  It will be a while before I can fix it.  When I do, I will
> > post the information here.
> This suggests this Hebrew keyboard is in fact not being supported, which
> is a shame as it has many advantages, and as the best alternative I know
> of seems to be the SIL keyboard which displays the bugs.
> But it would be about an hour's work for someone to develop a simple
> MSKLC keyboard (for Windows 2000/XP) supporting biblical Hebrew (with a
> transliteration encoding) excluding accents, which could then be widely
> and freely distributed and solve the problem. Has anyone actually done this?
> --
> Peter Kirk
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