Welcome to Oketz.com!
"Oketz" is "sting" in Hebrew.
This website, as you obviously know, was not intended for English speakers. It's essentially a growing compilation of Hebrew fonts, created by me, Meir Sadan. If you're interested in learning Hebrew, there are plenty of places on the web that teach you basic Hebrew principles, you can google for them.
Exclusive English Content
Some of the non-Hebrew people I have met online and offline have shown a growing interest in Hebrew typography, therefore I have decided to make some of my articles available in English. Here is a list of what I have translated so far:
- An Introduction to Hebrew Type - Brief review of the special attributes of Hebrew type.
- An Interview with Yanek Iontef - An interview I did with Israeli type designer Yanek Iontef for Concept magazine.
If you just want to know what's in this website, here's a short list:
- The Oketz.com Home Page - Main entrance and typography-related weblog.
- Hebrew Fonts - A variety of Hebrew fonts for download.
- Bustan ("Fruitful Garden" in Hebrew and Arabic) - My personal on-line projects, mostly of artistic interest.
- Patpetet ("Blather" in Hebrew) - An Internet experiment in linking words by having the users define them. You can visit the original English version at New Dream Network.
- Hafont ("The Font" in Hebrew) - Articles about making fonts, and a rotating gallery of Hebrew found type.
If you want to know more about me, I also have a personal website.
Using Hebrew Fonts
To use the Hebrew fonts from this website, you'll need a PC with Windows 95, 98, 2000 or XP that has Hebrew support - in most versions you can simply install Hebrew support by clicking on "Regional Settings" in your Control Panel.
Installation is the same as with Latin fonts - select "Install New Fonts" from the "File" menu in your "Fonts" folder, or copy the font files into it. Deleting a font from the "Fonts" folder will uninstall it.
If you need the Hebrew keyboard layout, you can get it from Microsoft.
I also know that TrueType fonts can be installed on System X and Linux, but I never tried.