[sword-devel] Using the -N option in osis2mod ?

David Haslam dfhmch at googlemail.com
Sat Aug 23 10:27:15 MST 2014

Belated further response to DM, who wrote (Jun 25), "Hebrew probably should
be NFD."

For the text of a Hebrew Bible, a file normalized to NFD is identical to the
same file normalized to NFC.
Likewise, a file normalized to NFKC or NFKD is identical to the same file
normalized to NFC.

The reason is simple: the Hebrew Unicode block contains no pre-composed

The underlying fundamental issue is normalized versus not normalized.

The Ezra SIL font (specified in our Hebrew module conf files) includes this
statement in the feature list:

* Follows the recommendations for character order and encoding determined by
a group of font developers during discussions in May 2003. This does not
follow canonical order. Texts which have been converted to NFC or NFD
canonical order will not display correctly with these fonts.

See http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=EzraSIL_home

Best regards,


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