Past

The Online Hebrew Tutorial versions 1.0 - 2.0 started off as a Microsoft Word for Mac document, formatted in these fonts -

It was later converted to PDF and HTML (as GIF and JPEG images).

This Word format was not the best choice, discovered when people asked to translate it to other languages. For example, [[fswkik:English/SuperHebrew|Super Hebrew] was a bitmap, Mac only font in a non standard format.

The PDF format had advantages -

and disadvantages -

The HTML format had advantages -

and disadvantages -

Present

The original version 2.0 Word document has almost all Hebrew changed to Unicode Text Format, as part of getting the first translation out in Spanish. Other translations won't require this to be redone. If you want to translate the document use the Online Hebrew Tutorial In Spanish. The original English Word document is here OnlineHebrewTutorial.doc

This format can be shared across platforms. Foundation Hebrew and Foundation Hebrew Script are now used solely where a cursive font is required - a small number of places.

Due to bugs in Hebrew Unicode support in Microsoft Word at the time, we used the open source Open Office in combination with Word. So you now have more choices - Word version 11 up on Mac or Word version 9 up on PC; or Open Office on PC, Mac or Unix. Whatever you use, with a little fiddling, is now interoperable.

Editing in either presented challenges. Here are some Word Editing Tips and Open Office Editing Tips.

Turns out that Unicode can't allow independent highlighting of the consonant and its associated vowel as could be done with Foundation Hebrew, so if someone figures out how to do that I'd be grateful - in the meantime that facility is dropped from the completed documents.

Going forward only a PDF version of the document will be distributed as final output, and a Word document serves as the working copy.

Future

BenS investigated if we should change from Word altogether, to a proper Page Layout program. Word has trouble laying out pages based on a template. The criteria were -

One candidate (was) Ragtime. However, this was fairly difficult to use - or to be fair, had a steep learning curve, that (unlike Word), I'd not traveled along.

Will continue to be Word compatible in future, as this seems to be the most widely accessible software for the most people. Apparently it is possible to wrestle with Word to do minor page layout. This will be attempted for version 3.0 of the Tutorial.

English/TutorialPastPresentFuture (last edited 2011-05-02 08:06:22 by BenS)