[b-hebrew] This is only a test

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Mon Jun 5 18:50:13 EDT 2006

On 05/06/2006 23:20, David P Donnelly wrote:
> Inseparable Prepositions
> יְרוּשָׁלַיִ&
> #1501; plus
> בִּירוּשָׁלַי
> ִם = בְּ
> The above does not look good on the computer screen on Wikipedia!
> The above looks much better when printed out 
> but it is definitely less than perfect when printed out
> {{Hebrew|יְרוּשָׁלַ&#1497
> ;ִם}} plus
> {{hebrew|בִּירוּשָׁל&#146
> 3;יִם}} = {{hebrew|בְּ}}
> The above looks good on the computer screen on Wikipedia
> The above looks even better when printed out
None of this looks at all good on b-hebrew, as it is displayed (at least 
by Thunderbird) as explicit character entities, e.g. "& # 1 4 9 7 ;" 
without the spaces. That is because b-hebrew accepts plain text only, 
and these character entities are HTML constructs which are not (or at 
least should not be) recognised in plain text.

The only proper standard-compliant way to send Hebrew script to the 
b-hebrew list is to select plain text with UTF-8 encoding (not 
"us-ascii" which you selected) and send properly UTF-8 encoded Unicode 
Hebrew. But there are still people on the list using mail clients (left 
over from the Ark, I think) which don't support UTF-8 encoding and so 
cannot display this Hebrew. And I am not sure what now works properly in 
the archives.

Peter Kirk
peter at qaya.org (personal)
peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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