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Dec. 17th, 2007 09:21 am
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Read today's comic.

Today's comic is encrypted in ClaWrite, a dragon alphabet invented by Baxil. The dialog is based on a conversation that I had with a classmate, but I'll leave the fun of deciphering it up to you. ;)

Unless if you'd rather just read the translation in the comments below...

Date: 2007-12-21 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] longwing.livejournal.com
Granted, IF your objective is simply to put cla write on the screen. To me, the beauty of the alphabet lies in the three by three grid. Any letter can be made with two swipes of a clawed hand. One swipe for vertical, one for horizontal. This makes writing it drastically more efficient (hypothetically) than many alphabets. All letters only take two strokes. Compare that to the effort involved in an english H, or an R, which require a significantly larger number of distinct strokes.

The downside: To use a two stroke system, you need to write every letter with three fingers. On a physical medium, any document would be huge, a single letter is about 7cm square.

Compare that to computers, where the size of the entry device bares no resemblance to the size of the finished product. A Cla Write keyboard would be able to create normal-sized text in Cla Write or standard English.

The counterpoint: A computer keyboard makes any given letter into a two-stroke letter already (finger travel from home row, finger travel back to home row). But I don't like traditional keyboards, they're bad for your hands, and QWERTY is deliberately designed to slow down typing.

Cla Write, by comparison, could be an extremely graceful answer.

Anywho, it's all theory.


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