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This question most commonly arises after someone has downloaded a Hebrew font file to a PC,
opened the file and not seen any Hebrew!
They sometimes see "Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz 1234567890".
When you open a Hebrew font on Windows, an application
that can not display Hebrew may be run. Stupid of course but there it is!
On the Mac, Font Book does this. If your computer does't, then download from the Internet
one of the many font viewers that can display all
the characters in a Unicode font.
Make sure that Hebrew works on your computer before downloading a new font.
You should look for Hebrew fonts already on your machine
and learn how to use them. For instance Arial and Times Roman usually
contain Hebrew. If these fonts have a file size of more than 200 Kbyte
then they will contain many languages including Hebrew.
Each operating system does this in a different way so read Help.
Enabling bi-directional text display and multinational keyboard entry are somewhat
separate and each need to be attended to.
Start by looking at Israeli newspapers with your Internet browser, you may need
to change the "Character Encoding" to get Hebrew to appear.
Next try to cut and paste from a newspaper article into your
word processor. The text should be the same except the font
may change to the default on your machine.
When these things work, download the Hebrew Font Shuneet and it should work in
the same way.
Your wordprocessor may use a proprietary font. Shuneet is a Unicode
font so check that your word processor supports Unicode for editing.
Maybe you are using (older) software that does not support OpenType.
When left to right text is imbedded into Hebrew text, for example numbers
or English words, word processors attempt to recognize what you are trying to do
and of course they may try to help.
Some word processors have strong views on the
nature of the text they are displaying. I recently encountered
a word processor, insisting that
commas be Western and therefore left to right rather than Hebrew
and therefore right to left. The offending comma would be in (say)
Times Roman and could not be set to Shuneet.
>Here you have a choice,
either learn to defeat the offending word processor or switch to
a less opinionated one.
See the question below on which wordprocessor I use.
Yes it does. The fonts are OpenType and are supported.
All new wordprocessors on new hardware should work - This section may be of use for those with
older computers like mine!
On Windows Vista:
I mostly use Open Office Writer
which is similar to Word and is FREE.
Microsoft Word 2007 has more capabilities and is more opinionated. Open Office Writer
is simpler and easier to use.
On Macintosh OSX:
I have OSX 10.6.8 on an old iMac and run Mellel
which is a wordprocessor complex for professional writers. Works perfectly.
I have also Word:mac 2008 which does not handle Hebrew well.