17.636 Greek OCR and new Hebrew font

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty ) (willard@mccarty.me.uk)
Date: Thu Feb 12 2004 - 03:14:14 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 636.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

   [1] From: DrWender@AOL.COM (18)
         Subject: Re: 17.631 OCR and ancient Greek

   [2] From: Frank Ritchel Ames <frank.ames@SBL-SITE.ORG> (51)
         Subject: New Unicode Hebrew Font for Biblical Studies

         Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 08:07:33 +0000
         From: DrWender@AOL.COM
         Subject: Re: 17.631 OCR and ancient Greek

In einer eMail vom 11.02.04 09:48:35 (MEZ) Mitteleuropäische Zeit schreibt
forwarding an email from Patrick Durusau:

>Solving the problem of recognizing distorted text is directly
>relevant to OCR of damged or poorly reproduced texts.

Maybe there is a great jump in OCR technology.
But I'm in doubt. I remember the day advancing from
an older matrix based OCR program to a Kurtzweil
Reader with implemented 'intelligent' features. In the
effort to produce sense, the "poorly reproduced"
word "König" (king; with bad recognizable &ouml;)
was not read "Konig" but "Honig" (honey). The
correction by human post-processing was easier
with 'diplomatic' OCR, before introducing 'intelligent'
How context-sensitive the OCR procedures are

Herbert Wender

         Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 08:08:09 +0000
         From: Frank Ritchel Ames <frank.ames@SBL-SITE.ORG>
         Subject: New Unicode Hebrew Font for Biblical Studies

Academic writers and those who publish books on the ancient world and the
Bible can now use a Hebrew font that is visually pleasing on computer screen
and printed page, and facilitates the exchange of texts between computers,
thanks to the joint efforts of the Society of Biblical Literature, SBL Font
Foundation, and Tiro Typeworks. Until now, texts composed with a Hebrew
alphabet were not easily transferred from one computer to another, or would
read well on screen but not on paper‹-annoyances familiar to those in the
publishing world. The solution was to design a more readable font in
Unicode, a text encoding standard that assigns a unique universal code for
each character and works across diverse computer platforms. The distinctive
typeface of SBL Hebrew, designed in a Sephardic style, renders consonants,
vowel points, and accent marks accurately and reads well on screen and in

The SBL plans to release Unicode fonts for Greek and Latin later this year,
with other ancient languages to follow. The complete series will include all
symbols needed to produce critical editions of biblical and related texts.

The SBL Hebrew font is provided without cost to individuals for non-profit
use and is available online at www.sbl-site.org.

Commercial use of the font is reserved for members of the SBL Font
Foundation. Membership is open to publishers, academic societies, Bible
societies, and anyone who supports the development of Unicode fonts for
biblical scholarship. Current members include the American Bible Society,
largest Bible society in the world (www.americanbible.org); American Schools
of Oriental Research, supporter of archeological research in the Near East
for more than a century (www.asor.org); Baker Academic, publisher of
textbooks, reference works, and scholarly books (www.bakeracademic.com);
Brill Academic Publishers, offering books and journals of scholarly
distinction in biblical studies and other fields (www.brill.nl); German
Bible Society, leading publisher of critical editions of Hebrew and Greek
Bibles (www.dbg.de); and Logos Research Systems, largest developer of Bible
software in the world, now offering more than 3,000 electronic study
resources (www.logos.com).

Information about becoming a member of the SBL Font Foundation is available
from Kent Richards, SBL Executive Director (kent.richards@sbl-site.org).

The Society of Biblical Literature, a member of the American Council of
Learned Societies and the Association of American University Presses, is
located on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is an
academic organization that fosters biblical scholarship through conferences,
publishing, and technology initiatives. Tiro Typeworks, an independent
digital type foundry located in Vancouver, Canada, specializes in custom
development of multilingual fonts for scholarship and international

Patrick Durusau
Society of Biblical Literature

John Hudson
Tiro Typeworks

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