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nick_hempshall ("nick_hempshall" <nick_hempshall@...>) on May 25, 2008

ko no-facili pe grafo u inglisc-lingua per plu latino litera. u-ci lingua= habe ad mini mo-bi elementa vokali soni e bi-bi elementa no- vokali soni s= ed u latino alfabeti habe solo pen litera pro plu vokali e mo-sixa pro plu= elementa no-vokali. tri-cetera litera (c,q,x) habe no-nece, j funktio pr= o no-elementa soni, e i-greko pro vokali e pro no-vokali. pe nece habe in= ter tet- e pen-ze litera te grafo boni pan soni inklude plu no-elementa so= ni. luci, plu bi-litera e plu ge- makula litera eqa u mode de grafo; qi ne= habe maxi boni.

U drama-grafo-pe, sr bernard shaw, dona valuta po an mo= rta pro kompeti de designa u neo alfabeti de tet-ze alo ma litera; qi sio =

habe ma simpli, ma tako de grafo, e mei lati. u vikto designa monstra se= per tri speci tipo-pe tipo-ra, oligo pusi preci facili fero grafo-me, e p= oli ex-manu ge-grafo grama ex inglisc-lingua-pe de tet kontinenta.

nu-di = per pute-me ko fo-facili pe pote tipo u lekto-ma per ali alfabeti, sed u r= eti, plu e-grama e plu telefono textu a-nu ne holo funktio per unicode a= lo plu alterna alfabeti, e pluso pe grafo per plu neo alfabeti (minus per = stilo) solo ko ma tenta alo ko ma preci.
u-ci-co feno u du-fragma anti ut= i, klu de uti pluso de latino alfabeti.

The roman alphabet is a rather= poor tool for writing English. Spoken English has 22 simple consonants fo= r which only 16 symbols are available, and at least 12 simple vowels for w= hich only 5 symbols are available. Three of the remaining symbols are surp= lus to requirements (C, Q and X), J stands for a compound sound and Y does= double service representing a consonant and a vowel. Adding symbols for c= ompound sounds and the diphthongs means that English requires an alphabet = of between 40 and 50 symbols. Clearly filling this gap with digraphs or a= ccented roman letters is a less than optimal solution.

Bernard Shaw left m= oney in his will for the design of such a new alphabet of 40+ new, simple = and less space- and time-consuming symbols. The result appearing in the fo= rm of printers’ type in 3 styles, a cheap portable typewriter and in handw= ritten correspondance by English speakers spread over four continents.

Wi= th the advent of the computer age, publishing in any symbol set has become= remarkably easy, though webpages, emails and sms remains problematical un= til Unicode becomes universally standard. Nevertheless recording text of t= his kind is always going to take a lot of effort and/or extra expense and = this is very likely to prove to be a permanent barrier to its adoption, ev= en as a parallel system of writing.

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