Seeking Hebrew character 'shuruq'

From: Bob Rosenschein (
Date: Wed Sep 17 1997 - 07:29:46 EDT

Chris White wrote:
> From: (Chris White)
> Date sent: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 22:01:36 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Hebrew character shuruk
> Either I have missed the Hebrew character shuruk in the UNICODE
> Standard v2.0 or it is not there. Can anyone tell me why shuruk
> is not there? The Hebrew specialists in The British Library suggest
> it go at 05BA.
> Chris White, British Library, IS Directorate

Dear Chris--

There was some discussion 8 years ago about how distinct the
'shuruq' character was from a 'dagesh' character. After all,
a shuruq is just another name for the point (dagesh), when it
comes after the Hebrew 'vav'. In fact, the note for 05BC HEBREW
POINT DAGESH OR MAPIQ even says =shuruq.

The discussions back then included Israel's Academy for the Hebrew
Language, Israel's Standards Committee (associated with ISO), and
professors of the Hebrew language from the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Our company, Accent, was an early implementor of the
encoding, and later worked with Microsoft to use it in Hebrew
Windows. So I think 'shuruq' should not be added as a new Hebrew
code point; just use 'dagesh' instead.

-- Best wishes,

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