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SIL Hebrew Font System Documentation

NRSI staff, 2004-04-28

Ezra and Unicode

This SIL Hebrew Font System is a pre-Unicode or “legacy” font system. It provides a means of working with biblical Hebrew texts in an encoding created by SIL in 1995. These fonts are superceded by Unicode-encoded Hebrew fonts, such as Ezra SIL.

The transliteration fonts in this package were made obsolete with the advent of Latin Unicode fonts, available with any newer OS. Only a keyboard is helpful (not required) for typing Hebrew transliteration. See last item in Ezra SIL package or Hebrew-Greek Transliteration Unicode Keyboard for Macintosh for two examples.

The files listed here give the complete documentation provided with the SIL Hebrew Font System.

Installation Guide

This release includes new installation instructions for Windows 2000 and XP only. Original installation instructions for Windows 3.1 and Macintosh are part of the package as are installation instructions for Windows 95 and later.

Technical Reference

The TechDoc.pdfs included in the release provide:

  • General information and font samples
  • Distribution and licensing details
  • Encoding reference

Keyboard Charts

The keystrokes shown in these charts require use of the Keyman (Windows) or the SILKey 1.2 keyboarding utilities. Keyman and SILKey are not included in the SIL Hebrew Font System package and must be downloaded separately.

This documentation requires  Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Documentation Files

The SIL Hebrew Font System package includes the following documentation files:

Windows

  • README.TXT (Read Me)
  • FILELIST.TXT (File Listing)
  • RELNOTES.TXT (Release Notes)
  • INSTALL.PDF (Installation Guide-Acrobat)
  • TECHDOC.PDF (Technical Reference-Acrobat)
  • KBCHARTS.PDF (Keyboard Layout Charts-Acrobat)

Macintosh

  • Readme.txt (Read Me)
  • FileList.txt (File Listing)
  • Relnotes.txt (Release Notes)
  • Install.pdf (Installation Guide-Acrobat)
  • TechDoc.pdf (Technical Reference-Acrobat)
  • kbcharts.pdf (Keyboard Layout Charts-Acrobat)

Macintosh GX

  • GX_Readme.txt (Read Me)
  • GX_FileList.txt (File Listing)
  • GX_Relnotes.txt (Release Notes)
  • SIL_Hebrew_GX_Reference.pdf (GX Reference-Acrobat)
  • GX 1.0 Ezra Keyboard Charts.pdf (Keyboard layout chart-Acrobat)
  • GX 1.0 Trans Keyboard Chrts.pdf (Keyboard layout chart-Acrobat)

All Platforms

  • convert2.pdf (BHS conversion instructions)

Release History

  • Windows Version 1.1 released 3 October 2002
  • Macintosh GX Version 1.0 released 9 October 1998.
  • Windows Version 1.0 released 19 December 1997.
  • Windows Version 0.5 released 6 June 1997.
  • Macintosh Version 1.0 released 6 June 1997.

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