Hebrew, hebrew - Introduction to Hebrew language support
This reference page describes the codeset, locale, device, and other kinds
of support for the Hebrew language.
The operating system supports the following coded character sets (codesets)
for Hebrew by means of locales, codeset converters, or both:
+ ISO 8859-8 (ISO Latin/Hebrew)
ISO8859-8 is the string that represents this codeset in the names of
locales and codeset converters. See iso8859-1(5) for more information.
+ UCS-2, UCS-4, and UTF-8
UCS-2, UCS-4, ucs4, and UTF-8 are the strings that represent these
encoding formats in the names of locales and codeset converters. See
Unicode(5) for more information.
+ PC code pages
cp862 and cp1255 are the strings that represent these encoding formats
in the names of codeset converters. See code_page(5) for more infor-
See the iso8859-8(5) reference page for information on the ISO Latin/Hebrew
codeset. See the i18n_intro(5) and l10n_intro(5) reference pages for
introductory information on codesets.
The operating system provides the following Hebrew locale:
+ he_IL.ISO8859-8, for Israel
This locale is also available under the name he_IL.ISO8859-8@ucs4 for
use by applications that need to convert file data in ISO8859-8 format
to UCS-4 process code for special operations on characters.
For backward compatibility, iw_IL.ISO8859-8 is supported as an alias
You can use the locale command (see locale(1)) to find out which locales
are installed on your system. See i18n_intro(5) for information on setting
locale from the operating system command line.
For the Common Desktop Environment (CDE), you set locale by setting the
session language. To do this, use the Language menu accessed from the
Options button of the Login window.
The operating system supports the following VT style and PC style keyboards
with Hebrew characters printed on the keys:
VT Style (105/108 keys) PC Style (102 keys)
For your keyboard to function correctly with your system, you must load a
keyboard mapping table (keymap) that is appropriate for your keyboard's
model and language. If you load a keymap that does not correspond to your
keyboard's model and language, your keyboard behavior is unpredictable. The
label located on the bottom surface of a keyboard usually specifies its
model (five letter code) and language (two letter code). See the key-
board(5) reference page for general information on keymaps and instructions
for loading them in different formats. The following tables supply Hebrew-
specific information that you need when loading keymaps.
Selecting keymaps in xkb format:
For VT Style For PC Style
Keyboard: Select: Keyboard: Select:
LK201-LT lk201 LK471-AT lk471at or lk471
LK401-LT lk401 LK97W-AT lk97wat or lk97w
LK411-LT lk411 PCXAL-KT pcxalkt
Keyboards can have keys with characters printed on both the left and right
half of the keycap. The way you set or use your keyboard to send different
sets of characters varies from one keyboard model to another. Furthermore,
your keyboard allows you to enter more characters than those printed on the
keycaps. Refer to the keyboard(5) reference page for information on how to
The fonts available for languages supported by the ISO 8859-8 codeset are
listed in iso8859-8(5). See i18n_printing(5) for discussion of printer sup-
Others: code_page(5), i18n_intro(5), i18n_printing(5), iconv_intro(5),
iso8859-8(5), keyboard(5), l10n_intro(5), Unicode(5)
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