[b-hebrew] Upgrade of the Unicode/XML Westminster Leningrad Codex dated 27 Oct 2009

Christopher Kimball transcriber at tanach.us
Thu Oct 22 13:05:39 EDT 2009

The Unicode/XML Westminster Leningrad Codex at


has been upgraded and dated 27 Oct 2009. 

Tigran Aivasian and Vladimir Volovich have pointed out that the 
consonants with 'F' and 'M' notes are not what the notes indicate.  For 
example, the mem in the first word of Isaiah 9:6 was marked with an 'F' 
note, yet the mem was not a mem sofit.  Similarly, in Job 38:1 and 40:6, 
the words marked with the 'M' note ended in nun sofit rather than plain 
nun.  These errors have been repaired both in the XML text and in the 

***   Readers should note that the revised XML text, as well as the 
Leningrad Codex itself, does NOT follow the usual Hebrew orthography 
about sofit consonants. All three exceptions to the usual orthography 
appear in ketiv sections.  ***

Although only 3 Unicode characters have been changed, the software 
modifications have been extensive and include re-working both the 
transcription program, WLC2XML, and the text display XSL file, 
Text.xsl.xml. Please report any anomalies so they can be repaired quickly.

Chris Kimball
West Redding, CT

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