Re: The Phaistos Disc

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Tue Apr 11 2006 - 16:39:04 CST

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    I also think that it's too soon to encode the Phaistos Disc, as long asthere's only one single short text with it.

    It may be reconsidered, if the symbols are used creatively (without actually deciphering them) as a collection of symbols for general use, like in the Dingbats block or the Supplemental Arrows (and possibly with variants).

    These symbols don't really need to be deciphered to be used in new texts. Suppose that there's a game that is created that use this symbols on a checkboard, then you'll see rules explaining howthe game is played, and books published for explaining the strategy. In that case, it will be a good opportunity to encode the whole block as a collection of symbols (like chess pieces).

    Are there inventive uses of these symbols somewhere ? This is the question. For the academic uses for the Phaistos disk deciphering and discussions it will still be possible to use these symbols as well in the discussions (but for now, using them as graphics embedded in rich text formats, or represented by their descriptive name is much enough, and nobody has and needs a keyboard layout designed for it)

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