Keyscript Shorthand


Origins of Keyscript

I have always been interested in reading text other than ordinary English. I have learnt several other languages, including Latin and Esperanto. I enjoyed reading literature written in Pitman Shorthand, that is, novels and short stories rather than just business matter. But there were so few of them, that I hated to finish one, knowing that there was so little more to read.

One of the reasons why there was not much literature in Shorthand was, I knew, because the many and varied symbols of Shorthand had either to be meticulously and expertly hand-written or printed using a specialised printing press. I wondered how this problem could be overcome. I visualised a computer programmer programming all the signs in Pitman Shorthand into a computer so that they could be typed on a keyboard.

What ultimately emerged, of course, was opposite to this, the shorthand adapting itself to suit a standard keyboard. It began more by accident than design when I started to write a kind of phonetic script for a shorthand course which I was writing.

With Keyscript, I no longer needed my computer programmer, since Keyscript can be typed using an ordinary keyboard. It can also be handwritten quickly because we already know the letters of the alphabet and write them automatically, and because 60% of the writing is saved with Keyscript. The name of the system was chosen to reflect its usefulness as either typed or written shorthand.

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