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Re: VMs: Arguments against a code book?
At 21:19 12/07/2004 +0200, Elmar Vogt wrogt:
Of course it is possible to conceive a scheme where Voynichese words are
interpreted as Roman-like numerals, which would in turn be used as indices
in a codebook, but this isn't really necessary.
After all, you can create words "at will" from the Voynichese alphabet,
and use them as tokens to designate cleartext words. (Provided you devise
some kind of order, you can even sort your word lists for faster
reference. ;-) That would eliminate the intermediate step of interpreting
them as numbers.
Just a note to avoid potential confusion between the codebook- and Roman
The idea of a codebook is very nice, but falls down when you try to
operationalise it to test it out. Let's face it, if we can't work out what
constitutes a single letter, there will always be multiple ways of
converting a word to a number - Roman numbers are merely one of many such
possible. How do you count in Chinese? :-9
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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