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Re: VMs: Arguments against a code book?

Hi Elmar,

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 numerals-hypotheses.

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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