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Windows-1255

Windows-1255 is a code page used under Microsoft Windows to write Hebrew. It is an almost compatible superset of ISO 8859-8 – most of the symbols are in the same positions (except for A4, which is 'sheqel sign' in Windows-1255 but 'generic currency sign' in ISO 8859-8 and except for DF, which is undefined in Windows-1255 but 'double low line' in ISO 8859-8), but Windows-1255 adds vowel-points and other signs in lower positions.

Modern applications prefer Unicode to Windows-1255, especially on the Internet;[1] meaning UTF-8, the dominant encoding for web pages (or UTF-16, while not on the Internet for security reasons). Windows-1255 is used by less that 0.1% of websites.[2]

Character set

The following table shows Windows-1255. Each character is shown with its Unicode equivalent. Differences from ISO 8859-8 have a box.

Windows-1255
_0 _1 _2 _3 _4 _5 _6 _7 _8 _9 _A _B _C _D _E _F
0_
0
NUL
0000
SOH
0001
STX
0002
ETX
0003
EOT
0004
ENQ
0005
ACK
0006
BEL
0007
BS
0008
HT
0009
LF
000A
VT
000B
FF
000C
CR
000D
SO
000E
SI
000F
1_
16
DLE
0010
DC1
0011
DC2
0012
DC3
0013
DC4
0014
NAK
0015
SYN
0016
ETB
0017
CAN
0018
EM
0019
SUB
001A
ESC
001B
FS
001C
GS
001D
RS
001E
US
001F
2_
32
SP
0020
!
0021
"
0022
#
0023
$
0024
%
0025
&
0026
'
0027
(
0028
)
0029
*
002A
+
002B
,
002C
-
002D
.
002E
/
002F
3_
48
0
0030
1
0031
2
0032
3
0033
4
0034
5
0035
6
0036
7
0037
8
0038
9
0039
:
003A
;
003B
<
003C
=
003D
>
003E
?
003F
4_
64
@
0040
A
0041
B
0042
C
0043
D
0044
E
0045
F
0046
G
0047
H
0048
I
0049
J
004A
K
004B
L
004C
M
004D
N
004E
O
004F
5_
80
P
0050
Q
0051
R
0052
S
0053
T
0054
U
0055
V
0056
W
0057
X
0058
Y
0059
Z
005A
[
005B
\
005C
]
005D
^
005E
_
005F
6_
96
`
0060
a
0061
b
0062
c
0063
d
0064
e
0065
f
0066
g
0067
h
0068
i
0069
j
006A
k
006B
l
006C
m
006D
n
006E
o
006F
7_
112
p
0070
q
0071
r
0072
s
0073
t
0074
u
0075
v
0076
w
0077
x
0078
y
0079
z
007A
{
007B
|
007C
}
007D
~
007E
DEL
007F
8_
128

20AC

 

201A
ƒ
0192

201E

2026

2020

2021
ˆ
02C6

2030

 

2039

 

 

 

 
9_
144

 

2018

2019

201C

201D

2022

2013

2014
˜
02DC

2122

 

203A

 

 

 

 
A_
160
NBSP
00A0
¡
00A1
¢
00A2
£
00A3

20AA
¥
00A5
¦
00A6
§
00A7
¨
00A8
©
00A9
×
00D7
«
00AB
¬
00AC
SHY
00AD
®
00AE
¯
00AF
B_
176
°
00B0
±
00B1
²
00B2
³
00B3
´
00B4
µ
00B5

00B6
·
00B7
¸
00B8
¹
00B9
÷
00F7
»
00BB
¼
00BC
½
00BD
¾
00BE
¿
00BF
C_
192
ְ
05B0
ֱ
05B1
ֲ
05B2
ֳ
05B3
ִ
05B4
ֵ
05B5
ֶ
05B6
ַ
05B7
ָ
05B8
 ֹ
05B9
 ֺ
05BA
ֻ
05BB
ּ
05BC
ֽ
05BD
־
05BE
ֿ
05BF
D_
208
׀
05C0
ׁ
05C1
ׂ
05C2
׃
05C3
װ
05F0
ױ
05F1
ײ
05F2
׳
05F3
״
05F4

 
E_
224
א
05D0
ב
05D1
ג
05D2
ד
05D3
ה
05D4
ו
05D5
ז
05D6
ח
05D7
ט
05D8
י
05D9
ך
05DA
כ
05DB
ל
05DC
ם
05DD
מ
05DE
ן
05DF
F_
240
נ
05E0
ס
05E1
ע
05E2
ף
05E3
פ
05E4
ץ
05E5
צ
05E6
ק
05E7
ר
05E8
ש
05E9
ת
05EA
LRM
200E
RLM
200F

Usage

Windows-1255 Hebrew is always in logical order (as opposed to visual). Microsoft Hebrew products (Windows, Office and Internet Explorer) brought logically-ordered Hebrew to common use, with the result that Windows-1255 is the Hebrew encoding that can be found most on the Web, having ousted the visually ordered ISO-8859-8, and preferred to the logically ordered ISO-8859-8-I because it provides for vowel-points.

Relation to Unicode

The Unicode Hebrew block (U+0590–U+05FF) follows Windows-1255 by encoding both letters and vowel-points in the same relative positions as Windows-1255. Unicode goes further in encoding cantillation marks in lower positions. Unicode Hebrew is always in logical order.

For modern applications UTF-8 or UTF-16 is a preferred encoding.

See also

References

  1. ^ John, Nicholas A. (2013). "The Construction of the Multilingual Internet: Unicode, Hebrew, and Globalization". Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 18 (3): 321–338. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12015. ISSN 1083-6101. Background: the problem of Hebrew and the Internet
  2. ^ "Usage Statistics of Windows-1255 for Websites, January 2019". w3techs.com. Retrieved 2019-01-17.

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