Keyscript Shorthand


Advantages of Keyscript

Over Longhand

Keyscript saves 60% or more of the writing over longhand.

Keyscript does not use capital letters.  There is never the need to use the shift key.

Keyscript spelling is phonetic and regular.  We do not have to worry about the vagaries of English spelling while taking dictation.

Keyscript uses regular phrasing, which reduces the number of spaces between words.

Keyscript uses less punctuation than longhand.

Over other alphabetical systems

Keyscript saves more of the writing than the other alphabetical shorthands (see Compare Alpha Shorthands).  The average word, written in context, is less than two letters long.

Keyscript does not use any random keyboard signs such as \ - & = or capital letters.

Keyscript uses phrasing, or joining of words together, based on meaning.  This makes Keyscript both quicker to write and easier to read.  Most other alpha systems do not use phrasing at all. 

In Keyscript, we normally write the whole word (in abbreviated form, according to the rules) compared with some systems which leave out random letters.  The spelling of a word is fixed in Keyscript.   These characteristics also greatly aid reading.

There is no limit on the number of words which can be abbreviated, as in some systems.

Keyscript is based on the English language (compared with Dutton Speedwords).

Keyscript uses limited punctuation, only full stop (or period) . & comma , which is used in place of a question mark.

Over symbol systems

Keyscript does not need any special type of writing instrument or even lined paper.

Keyscript can also be typed on a keyboard.

There are no symbols or modified forms of letters to learn.  Almost everyone already knows how to write the letters of the English alphabet.

There is no position writing, thick and thin letters, or different size letters.

Because ordinary lower case letters always make good joins with each other, there is no need to write down the page or cope with awkward joinings. 

Over Pitman Shorthand

Words are not joined together just because they are easy to join or left unjoined because they are hard to join.  There is no need to modify letters to make them join better.  So joining can be freed up to echo the natural rhythm of the English language, hence to show meaning. 

Keyscript takes all the fussy bits out of Pitman Shorthand and still leaves it readable.  For example, the endings of different words which in Pitman would all be written slightly differently, employing either thick or thin strokes, ordinary length or halved strokes and different types of hooks can all be shown with one letter, provided that the rules of Keyscript are observed. 

Keyscript regularises Pitman.  No spelling is randomly modified just to make it shorter.  Instead, the spelling conforms to the rules of Keyscript, which are themselves all designed to make words as short and as readable as possible. 

Please note that I respectfully acknowledge the inventors, their creative work, insight and expertise which has gone into producing all systems of shorthand and speedwriting.  I do not intend to denigrate any system.  Keyscript Shorthand is based on Pitman's system only.      

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