Shorthand (Re: Camion Code, new phonemic writing system)

From: Scott Horne (
Date: Wed Aug 18 1999 - 21:19:04 EDT

> Well, I'm sorry to say that you won't be able to count me among the
> wildly enthusiastic.

Nor me.

> But as regards the standardization question: proposed de novo writing
> systems, whether they be reformist, personal, artistic, or cryptographical
> in nature, are generally not appropriate candidates for standardization.
> Writing systems must show some actual success and use, to the point where
> there is clear evidence of publication and interchange of data in those
> writing systems, before it makes sense for standards organizations to
> attempt to provide standard character encodings for them.

I agree. But what about major shorthand systems? Some of these
(Gregg, for instance) have been extended to cover many languages,
are in wide use, and have a substantial amount of publication
(besides textbooks and dictionaries, there are editions of some
novels in English Gregg shorthand). Shouldn't they qualify for

Scott Horne

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