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 -
- printed nicely.
and disadvantages -
- Acrobat viewer was required, and not as ubiquitously installed back then as it is now.
The HTML format had advantages -
- No special installations of fonts required to view it.
and disadvantages -
- could not resize the fonts.
- was no good for printing.
- it took a lot of work to cut out the images and put them into web pages.
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
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.
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.
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 -
- would need a free, cross platform program.
- future of the software would need to be stable.
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.