Ron, thanks for writing.
> It should be possible to have one package for Hebrew,
> which can work with different fonts depending on what's available
> to the user.
This is reasonable and I fully agree. However, the situation now is such
that the Culmus fonts do not work on Windows, so with a new Heblatex using
the Culmus fonts as default, there is not going to be a uniformity.
> I think it would be good if we could converge on a single 8-bit
> font encoding, as this would make maintenance of the main babel
> package simpler etc
> I append my most recent proposal for the Hebrew 8-bit encoding etc
Your proposal looks very good, but I cannot really comment because I lack
the knowledge needed for creating a font system. I count on you as well as
on Maxim, Tzafrir and every other person who is willing to invest time in
this font project. I see my job as arranging the agreed-upon Heblatex
system in such a way that users can make the most of it without having to
deal with a lot of technicalities.