Why doesn't the font work? 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!
How can I see all the characters in your font? Download from the Internet one of the many font viewers that can display all the characters in a Unicode font.
What should I do before downloading? 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.
How do I make Hebrew work on my machine?
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.
Why doesn't the Hebrew Font Shuneet work in my Word Processor? Your wordprocessor may use a proprietary font. Shuneet is a Unicode font so check that your word processor supports Unicode for editing.
Why do I have difficulties with left to right editing? 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.
Does the Hebrew Font Shuneet work on the Mac? Yes it does. The fonts are OpenType and are supported. However the files have not been packaged using Stuffit nor have they been put into a suitcase. You will need to put the fonts one by one into the font directory.
What Hebrew Word Processors can I use? On Windows Vista: Microsoft Word 2007 is fine. I mostly use Open Office Writer which is similar to Word and is FREE. Microsoft Word has more capabilities and more opinionated. Open Office Writer is simpler and easier to use. On Macintosh OSX: I use Mellel which comes in two versions - an inexpensive wordprocessor and a more complex version for professional writers. Neo Office is a version of Open Office which runs on the Mac. It is FREE.
The vowels are not placed correctly This problem was common with TrueType fonts but should not occur with OpenType. Let me know! On Windows, Hebrew is formatted by a piece of software called Uniscribe. This software also deals with numerous far eastern languages. You need to have a fairly recent version of this software. The one that comes when you install Google Earth is good.