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Nick Pelling wrote (Thu, 12 Feb 2004 08:49:25 +0000)
Interesting - but can you please tell us (a) a little more about Evita
(which I assume is a programme, not a medium? :-o ), (b) which
part of which transcription you used?
It might also be revealing (a) to try labels and paragraphs
separately, or (b) to try different hands individually.
Yet... I personally find it strange that "ok" is considered to be a
composite letter but not "qo" or "dy" - or even "ot", for that
"ai[i][i]n" also seems to cause some problems here. Curious... :-o
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
To familiarize myself with the text I thought I might try a sight scan
line by line and page by page, neglecting labels. Then compare
individual pages to larger sections with a small concordance
program. Thanks for the caution about lumping the two hands.
At the cost of extending the alphabet, Evita should reduce eye and
brain strain since, in many instances, one Evita character contains
as much information as two in EVA.
The choice of letters I listed is tentative. There is no reason for
separating out "q" and "y" other than the intuition that they are
markers, there needs to be some limitation to the length of the
alphabet, and I needed to move in some direction. I do believe
gallows characters should stand alone for easy reference to EVA
and just in case they might have special significance.
I wanted to display the extra "i" in "ai[i][i]n" but I agree that it could
cause some problems. I think Evita letters should relate as well as
possible to EVA. At the same time, I believe it should avoid being
pronounceable so as not to influence an attempt to find what lies
behind it. I think the letter "w" and the numeral "1" should not be
used because of resemblance to "v" and "l" in some fonts. I am not
committed to any particular scheme.
Evita proposes to be a parsimonious little sister to EVA. At the
moment she/it is only a partial concept. With your knowledge of
cryptology you will know whether it has merit and, if so, the best
structure to give it.
Ciao .................. Knox
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