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Glyph for U+05D0
Source: Noto Sans Hebrew

U+05D0 HEBREW LETTER ALEF

U+05D0 was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block U+0590 to U+05FF Hebrew in the U+0000 to U+FFFF Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Other Letter and is mainly used in the Hebrew script. The character is also known as aleph.

The glyph is not a composition. It has a Neutral East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Right To Left and is not mirrored. The glyph can, under circumstances, be confused with 3 other glyphs. In text U+05D0 behaves as Hebrew Letter regarding line breaks. It has type Other Letter for sentence and Hebrew Letter for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Any.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

Aleph (or alef or alif, transliterated ʾ) is the first letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician ʾālep 𐤀, Hebrew ʾālef א, Aramaic ʾālap 𐡀, Syriac ʾālap̄ ܐ, Arabic alif ا and North Arabian 𐪑. It also appears as South Arabian 𐩱 and Ge'ez ʾälef አ.

These letters are believed to have derived from an Egyptian hieroglyph depicting an ox's head to describe the initial sound of *ʾalp, the West Semitic word for ox (compare Biblical Hebrew אֶלֶף‎ ʾelef, "ox"). The Phoenician variant gave rise to the Greek alpha (Α), being re-interpreted to express not the glottal consonant but the accompanying vowel, and hence the Latin A and Cyrillic А.

Phonetically, aleph originally represented the onset of a vowel at the glottis. In Semitic languages, this functions as a prosthetic weak consonant, allowing roots with only two true consonants to be conjugated in the manner of a standard three consonant Semitic root. In most Hebrew dialects as well as Syriac, the aleph is an absence of a true consonant, a glottal stop ([ʔ]). In Arabic, the alif represents the glottal stop pronunciation when it is the initial letter of a word. In texts with diacritical marks, the pronunciation of an aleph as a consonant is rarely indicated by a special marking, hamza in Arabic and mappiq in Tiberian Hebrew. In later Semitic languages, aleph could sometimes function as a mater lectionis indicating the presence of a vowel elsewhere (usually long). When this practice began is the subject of some controversy, though it had become well established by the late stage of Old Aramaic (ca. 200 BCE). Aleph is often transliterated as U+02BE ʾ , based on the Greek spiritus lenis ʼ; for example, in the transliteration of the letter name itself, ʾāleph.

Representations

System Representation
1488
UTF-8 D7 90
UTF-16 05 D0
UTF-32 00 00 05 D0
URL-Quoted %D7%90
HTML-Escape א
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake א
alias aleph
Encoding: ISO-8859-8 (hex bytes) E0
Encoding: WINDOWS-1255 (hex bytes) E0
Adobe Glyph List afii57664
Adobe Glyph List alef
Adobe Glyph List alefhebrew
digraph A+

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Property Value
Age 1.1 (1993)
Unicode Name HEBREW LETTER ALEF
Unicode 1 Name
Block Hebrew
General Category Other Letter
Script Hebrew
Bidirectional Category Right To Left
Combining Class Not Reordered
Decomposition Type None
Decomposition Mapping Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Lowercase
Simple Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Uppercase
Simple Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Simple Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Case Folding Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
ASCII Hex Digit
Alphabetic
Bidi Control
Bidi Mirrored
Bidi Paired Bracket Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Bidi Paired Bracket Type None
Cased
Composition Exclusion
Case Ignorable
Full Composition Exclusion
Changes When Casefolded
Changes When Casemapped
Changes When NFKC Casefolded
Changes When Lowercased
Changes When Titlecased
Changes When Uppercased
Dash
Deprecated
Default Ignorable Code Point
Diacritic
East Asian Width Neutral
Emoji Modifier Base
Emoji Component
Emoji Modifier
Emoji
Emoji Presentation
Extender
Extended Pictographic
FC NFKC Closure Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Grapheme Cluster Break Any
Grapheme Base
Grapheme Extend
Grapheme Link
Hex Digit
Hangul Syllable Type Not Applicable
Hyphen
ID Continue
Ideographic
ID Start
IDS Binary Operator
IDS Trinary Operator and
Indic Mantra Category
Indic Positional Category NA
Indic Syllabic Category Other
ISO 10646 Comment
Joining Group No_Joining_Group
Join Control
Jamo Short Name
Joining Type Non Joining
Line Break Hebrew Letter
Logical Order Exception
Math
Noncharacter Code Point
NFC Quick Check Yes
NFD Quick Check Yes
NFKC Casefold Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
NFKC Quick Check Yes
NFKD Quick Check Yes
Numeric Type None
Numeric Value not a number
Other Alphabetic
Other Default Ignorable Code Point
Other Grapheme Extend
Other ID Continue
Other ID Start
Other Lowercase
Other Math
Other Uppercase
Pattern Syntax
Pattern White Space
Prepended Concatenation Mark
Quotation Mark
Radical
Regional Indicator
Sentence Break Other Letter
Simple Case Folding Glyph for U+05D0 Hebrew Letter Alef
Script Extension
Soft Dotted
Sentence Terminal
Terminal Punctuation
Unified Ideograph
Vertical Orientation R
Variation Selector
Word Break Hebrew Letter
White Space
XID Continue
XID Start
Expands On NFC
Expands On NFD
Expands On NFKC
Expands On NFKD