ClaWrite is a 'dragon' alphabet based on a 3x3 grid of straight strokes, which
are very easily made with the claws, hence the name.
Who's it for?
Anyone. I've been known to take ClaWrite class notes in my secret
identity of college student. :-)
Why use it?
For its elegance, simplicity, legibility, and because I'm trying
to get it adapted as some kind of standard. :-) Everyone I've taught it
to so far has agreed it's got definite advantages over ordinary English
So what is it?
This is the ClaWrite alphabet. I would advise you to print this out or
copy the letters down for later reference.
Technically, this is all you need to start using ClaWrite. However, it
also comes with punctuation, and may someday also include a numbering
system. (Until then, just use Arabic numerals...you know, 1, 2, 3,...)
ClaWrite contains no capital letters. However, do you notice
the extra character at the top left, the triple-horizontal-bar? That
signifies that the following letter is capitalized. (See the title
graphic of the page for a good example.)
And what about punctuation?
I'll get to that later. Pictures take time, darn it. For now,
feel free to use normal English punctuation.
There's a very easy way to remember which vowels are which. (Which
is a helpful thing, since at first glance they make little to no
sense.) They follow a simple progression...:
| - || ¯ | |
a e i o u
Notice they go from fewer to more lines as you go from A to U, and that
they alternate between horizontal and vertical. This is actually quite
convenient because A and E are the most-often used vowels.
To be honest, practice will do it for you. Half an hour and you'll
be fine, I promise.
lines in there?
Yes, in fact. Only in two circumstances, though.
To illustrate the first, let's take our Word Of The Day from Webster's:
Chautauqua (shuh-TOW-kwuh) (n.) An educational and recreational
assembly with ... lectures, concerts, etc.
...In ClaWrite, it looks like this:
Ugly. Not to mention illegible.
Our fix is to slash through the U's to separate them from the A's, like
The second circumstance: A popular shortcut for the ellipsis (the
unit of punctuation consisting of three periods, like this...) is to
make three diagonal slash marks, like so: / / /
What's this AMEC stuff?
AMEC stands for American English ClaWrite. Since ClaWrite is, after all,
only an alphabet, AMEC tells you the handy information that it's an
alphabet for writing in English. It can easily be adapted,
though, to any language with less than 50 letters. (Spanish and Ancient
Garnian alphabets have also been developed; contact the address at the
bottom of the page for foreign-language ClaWrite information.)
Why is there no '=' character? There's only E and O with horizontal
slashes, compared to A, I, and U with vertical.
Because GALC (Garnian Languages ClaWrite) has both a hard I and a soft I.
The '=' character was left out in AMEC for compatibility.
Without further ado...:
- A GIF of the alphabet for those
with text-based browsers. If you can't handle GIF files, please
e-mail me with a SnailMail address and I'll be happy to send you ClaWrite
information in an old-fashioned letter. }:=8)
- ClaWrite: The Font. Macintosh version.
Thank you Greffindel for your help in getting the font started!
The Font, part ][. This is a ZIP file for IBM-compatible users. Run
the enclosed application from the DOS prompt and your system font will
change to ClaWrite until you reboot your computer. Many thanks to
(numlock@escape dot ca) for the font!
- Wanted: Currently, I have no TrueType ClaWrite font for IBM-compatible
machines. If you have an application that builds TrueType fonts, and would
like to make a ClaWrite font, please help me out.
- A sneaky link to make you mail
me with feedback and suggestions. Maybe you can actually download something
by clicking here. Try it and let me know. ;-)
Thanks for reading!
Comments? Suggestions? Drop me a line,
and I will feel really good about all the work I put into all of this. (ClaWrite
isn't shareware. I'm not getting any money out of it.)
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Jan 15 1997