Graf

16-Dec-2020


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.

The etimology is from graph, graphic,  greek graphikos . It's not completely accurate as my new writting is not actually changing graphics, the characters, or graphemes, stay the same, for now, I think they could be improved on but that is outside this ortography's scope. Nevertheless I like the name and in the future it could expand to include new graphemics.

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.

From the line on, this page will be written in Graf. First it seems weird and illegible but that's because you're not used to it, with usage it becomes easier and even starts seeming 'correct'.


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 .




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languages that can use graf

english
portuguese (?) need extra rules, spellings of conjunctive adverb "e" to change to "i" . The 'é' and 'e' become 'e' and 'i' as it's pronounced.
french (?)
spanish (?)




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