tMlz & liNks
Shavian, and it's close cousin Quickscript are
phonetic alphabets used to write in English. There are likely
less than 100 readers of Shavian in the world. Maybe less than
20 who are reasonably comfortable reading it. I am not yet to
that point, though I am improving daily.
There are a number of good sites on the web
which can teach a great deal about Shavian and Quickscript.
Some of the important sites are below:
love to put Hugh's site here, but it has disappeared.
A simple list of the characters
in Shavian can be seen HERE.
A similar list
of the characters in Quickscript are listed with their keyboard
letters for a font named Junior.ttf which I modified from the more
standard Jerome.ttf used with quickscript. The two fonts are
essentially identical, except that Junior separates the letters.
If you want to converse with others on the web
in one of these languages, you will need a font. There are a
number of fonts available in the files of the user groups.
Some of the important ones are ghoti, androcles, lionspaw, and for Quickscript, Jerome and Junior. They can be downloaded in the Shavian and Quickscript user groups.
Or all 5 can be dowloaded in this 138K zip
you have downloaded a font, you will need to install it. For
Windows machines, this is not very hard.
- <Start> (bottom left corner)
- Control Panel
- Install New Font
- Browse to the font you downloaded.
To type, you need to follow the keyboard instruction
I find this standard keyboard mapping very
difficult. If you would like to experiment with other keyboard
layouts for the Shavian/Quickscript fonts, you can install a small
program which will redirect your keyboard.
Ewout Stam has written a NewRomaji mapping
for the program.
I have written a different keyboard mapping
which makes sense to me. It includes the following mapping:
"s" + "h" > "S" This is
character in "Shavian"
"n" + "g" > "N" as in -ing
"z" + "z" > "Z" replaces cap Z
"j" > "J"
lets you type j for the j sound
"y" > "j"
lets you type y for the y sound
"a" + "a" > "A" replaces cap A for the at sound
"o" + "o" > "U" as in foot
"o" + "w" > "Q" as in ow...ouch
"a" + "h" > "y" ah....
"e" + "a" > "I" long e as in eat
"a" + "i" > "E" long a is in ain't!
"I" > "F"
I could not avoid this!
"o" + "u" > "M" ou as in ooze
"o" + "y" > "q" oy as in oil (oy vey!)
"a" + "w" > "Y" aw as in awful
"o" + "r" > "P" or as in order
"e" + "r" > "D" -er
"u" + "r" >
"x" stressed er like urge
"U" > "V"
Both make use of multiple character keystrokes
(chording keyboard) for most of the letters in Shavian/Quickscript
which require a capital letter.
now, I have put my keyboard and the needed modified installation
files in a single download . You
will also need the program which can be downloaded at Tavultesoft.
Download the Tavultesoft program and unzip it in a folder.
Copy the the files in my download in the same folder and then
install the program. It will work for my keyboard
in these fonts:
Homepage: Rick Allnutt aka
FlyFisher aka WS8G