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RE: The fate of Hebrew texts with Hyphen-Minus instead of Maqaf

From: Kent Karlsson <kentk@cs.chalmers.se>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 11:13:03 -0400
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To: www-international@w3.org

 > > 1. The Maqaf is not available in the Hebrew keyboard layout.

 > If the Maqaf is a necessary character for Hebrew, then you
 > may wish to lobby
 > those organizations supplying Hebrew keyboards to get it added.

Well, there is at least one Hebrew keyboard layout that already includes
Maqaf (U+05BE):

XFree86: xc/programs/xkbcomp/symbols/pc/il,v 1.4,
variant "lyx" (though not the other variants, as yet) has:

     key <AE11> { [     minus,	0x10005be	]	}; // H. Hiphen

("minus" is really for HYPHEN-MINUS, 0x10005be is a keysym for U+05BE).
This is for Linux and other Unixes (the character output is in UTF-8, *if* you
are using a UTF-8 locale). If you wish to have Maqaf on other keyboard layouts,
you can edit keyboard layout description files, which you can do both for
Linux/Unix (XKB, and more), Windows, and MacOS X. All of them offer
four or more shift levels, so there is usually free space that you can use...
For Windows there is a GUI keyboard layout editor (MSKLC, free download).
When you have done the editing and testing, you can lobby to the appropriate
place for having your ready-made layout included.

		/kent k
Received on Wednesday, 17 September 2003 12:11:13 UTC

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