Re: Unicode & Shorthand?

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat Sep 25 2004 - 14:53:23 CDT

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    Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya dot org> wrote:

    > If we are considering a scenario in which someone takes shorthand
    > notes at a meeting and transcribes them later, interchange between
    > computers is likely to be required. If this process is to be
    > automated, a sensible way to do so would be for the minute-taker to
    > write shorthand on to a hand-held computer's screen. This data would
    > then need to be transferred to a desktop or networked machine for
    > transcription and further editing. The most processing-efficient way
    > to do so might be to transfer images, but that would be a lot of data
    > for a record of an entire meeting, so for bandwidth efficiency the
    > hand-held computer should analyse the shorthand and transfer the
    > shorthand text in some kind of encoded form.

    Is this a realistic scenario? (This is not a rhetorical question; I
    really want to know.)

    If this sort of workflow actually happens, or would if the encoding were
    there, then that might constitute a valid use case for encoding
    shorthand. But as far as I know, accurate handwriting analysis of
    shorthand or other "normal" penmanship (not Palm Graffiti or a similar
    scheme) by commonly available handhelds is not up to this challenge. I
    may be wrong.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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