[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: VMs: Folio and Quire numbers

Well null insertion would have to follow some structure to maintain the various VMS features. I think your idea has a lot of merit. If you find the right set of null placement criteria the numbers and letters idea might fly. You must however also explain the shortening of words towards ends of lines. I had a similar idea a while back thinking of certain consonants and vowels forcing word breaks. I did not have the numbers idea you had. One suggested method for word endings would be to finish of the word with set number sequences after the termination character. Such as 123, 32, 345 etc. A small group of such numbers when encoded would produce the word ending repetitions. As EVA n can only usually end a word (thinking of the word starting iiinch, which might or might not be a scribal error) as well as m, these could be different because they represent numerics. If you also occasionally replaced the letter i with digit 1 just to confuse you could introduce glyphs that rarely appeared elsewhere in a word.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: 01 April 2004 04:44
Subject: Re: VMs: Folio and Quire numbers

Jeff wrote:
What rules to you suppose were used to determine null insertion? If word ending rules were strict then nulls would need a similar ruleset. Also which units do you see as null? I only see candidates for a verbose structure. The placement of characters adheres to too rigid a structure to allow the scribe any latitude.
In the approach I was thinking of, there is no need to have any rules for null insertion - since they are different characters, you could put them wherever you want, and the reader can just delete them.

To give a simple example, let's represent the VM characters used for text by letters and those used as nulls by numbers.Also, let us decide that the characters represented by vowels should be followed by a space. Then, given the text:


a scribe might insert the nulls (randomly) and spaces as follows:

O  M4NE  S7GA  L8LI  A  D82I  3VI  S9A  E  ST6I  NP8A  RTI  5BU  ST8RE  S...

A reader familiar with Latin would have no problem removing the nulls and redividing the words correctly.

The comment about "word ending rules" was just a way to account for the fact some letters are more common as finals than others. There is no requirement that the rules be absolute; they could just be suggestions, often but not always followed.