Writing should be simple and easy to read and write. 'Graf' is
the name I gave my orthography described here. It's an attempt at
simplifying modern writing. Besides English, Graf is ideally
applicabel to any language using the Latin alphabet (and possibly
other scripts) but I'll need expert advise on this,
especially the no accents rule. Let me know if it wouldn't
work for other languages. If the no accents rule renders it not
suitable for some languages, the rest should be applicable and
that rule discarded, although eliminating accents seems to
simplify writing a lot. I find writting in Portuguese without auto
correct takes longer and breaks momentum compared to English due
to the extra keys and combinations for accents. I'd resist keeping
accents but as I said, I'd need expert advice. Until proven
otherwise, accents are out in Graf orthography.
Anyone can use Graf and feedback is welcome. If you decide to use it, use these official rules and I suggest you link to this page. If you make your own rules don't call it "Graf". If your rules are better, they can be implemented here and made official and you given credit. If Graf becomes popular *crossing fingers* we might have to set up some collaboration system but for the time being just email me if necessary. E-mail me feedback, constructive criticisms or suggestions.
Western writing has evolved organically and has quirky aspects
that add very little value. Graf's changes are few and intend to
remove complexity, simplify and improve writing but be
evolutionary instead of revolutionary. If thse few changes are
accepted and streamlined then new improvements can be made.
Having capital letters and lower case seem unnecessary. Learning
two sets of exactly the same letters with two completely different
symbols, like 'a' and 'A', just so that one is used as the first
letter in sentences and capitalise proper names, etc. seems too
much for too little.
Graf eliminates accents too. Accents are rare in English but common in other languages. Writing Portuguese in Graf would eliminate accents. I'm not familiar with other languages like Swedish which have accents like å. I don't know if in Swedish and others the accents are essential. From the little I know about French and Spanish, whih is still vastly more than Swedish, seems these two can live fine without accents. In Portuguese they're useful but the added complexity doesn't seem worth it to me. The ambiguity is usually eliminated by the context. The 'é' and 'e' become 'e' and 'i' as it's pronounced.
We could add letters and accents indefinitely to perfect the
written language, we could use the phonetic alphabet and writing
would be more precise by far but few people could keep up, it's
too complex for everyday usage. Our modern orthography is not as
complex as the phonetic alphabet but could be simplified, it has
too many exceptions, whether English or more consistent languages,
they all seem to have too many exceptions and idiosyncrasies so
the added complexity doesn't add that big of a value.
There's no point in adding an accent that affects pronounciation
when elsewhere they pronounce it different anyway.
extra space before punctuation may seem unnecessary but it makes
the text more legible and logical, the punctuation symbol is not
part of the word. Future Graf friendly software and input devices
like keyboards would adapt and simplify writing. Software
could auto-correct it to save a keypress. If this system became
popular, our methods would adapt and in the same way software
today automatically capitalises words,
The extra space by punctuaution seems annoying but is necessary.
in graf , the full stop usually represented by the " . " character because it's easier to type in normal keyboards , is supposed to be the " · " character . other uses of the period such as " .com " , in abbreviations or " ... " ( ? ) stay periods . be careful with search and replace that it doesn't replace periods where it shouldn't .
? " ... " stay periods ?
currency and exchange symbols like USD , EUR , XAU , etc. stay in capitals , they're symbols so it's the same rules as scientific symbols .
no CAPS ! capital letters will be legacy characters , sort of like greek letters used in special cases ( if you're not greek ) .
easier to read . it may seem weird at first but once you get used to it it's clearer , more legible .
punctuation has spaces preceding and after .
? no spaces after opening and closing quotes . use "inside quotes" instead of " inside quotes " . quotes are not punctuation . ? brackets and quotes treated as punctuations . opening and closing is enclosed by spaces . the literal part does not include the two spaces .
stylised names like for example ' iPhone ' can be written as the original . this is similar to using foreign letters . can use caps when quoting verbatim , example : click on " Reply " .
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