From: Gerd Schumacher (Gerd-Schumacher@gmx.de)
Date: Sun Sep 19 2004 - 00:45:08 CDT
Shorthand writing systems usually are not used for information interchange.
Thus there seems to be no reason for encoding them.
The Tironian notes, comprising many thousand characters, are the only
exeption, I know. The Tironian et (U+204A) is still in use today. Few other
ones of them, which survived in medieval Latin paleography, and even in
early printing, in my opinion, should be encoded.
Shorthand writing is very language specific. There use to be special
characters for frequently used grapheme clusters like prefixes, suffixes,
and complete words. Faulmann, Das Buch der Schrift, Vienna 1880, shows the
Tironische Noten (only some 160 characters)
Englische Stenographie von Taylor
Pitmans englische Phonographie
Gabelsbergers deutschen Stenographie
Stolzes Stenographie (German)
Rendering Gabelsberger’s writing systems, for example, would exceed the
complexity of any other script.
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