From: D. Starner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Sep 18 2004 - 23:34:11 CDT
Christopher Fynn <email@example.com> writes:
> Shorthand symbols are of course printed in books on shorthand :-)
But as images, not text. There's likely to be arrows, showing the
directions, and any changes to glyph form are likely to be errors.
> Stenotype and similar machines also produce shorthand symbols which you
> might want to store in data files for transcribing.
Do stenotype machines produce shorthand symbols? What I've seen to
TV seem to produce Latin letters, and the keyboard image found through
Google had Latin letter on it.
In any case, that's possibly a valid case but it would be nice if the
people who had such data were actually saying they were interested.
> Different shorthand systems seem to work differently - some appear to be
> more or less phonetic, others seem to have symbols for frequent words.
That's another problem. The wikipedia article on Gregg Shorthand lists
six different versions, and that's just Gregg shorthand.
> This came up because someone says they want to make an OpenType font for
> Gregg shorthand symbols - which made me wonder which script block you'd
> map the glyphs to as the symbols often don't correspond directly to
> Latin characters.
I'd map them to a private use area. IPA should be used for IPA, not any
random phonetic transcription that may or may not match the way the IPA
breaks down speech.
There may be cause to encode shorthand, but how many people really want
to store text in shorthand? And which shorthands?
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