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Re: Non-linear full-2d writing (again)

From:Jefferson Wilson <jeffwilson63@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 20:38
R A Brown wrote:

> To be _fully_ 2D it must be at least a network, and something *that > cannot be recomposed in linear form _without loss of meaning_*. > > Secondly, there must be positive reason for using two dimensions. It > should not be just linear stuff, recomposed, with a few extra 'fancy bits'.
Hmmm. I was going to say that my Glyphica Arcana ( can be recomposed in linear form without loss of meaning. However, that turns out not to be true. Take for example, babeltext verse 5 (towards the end of the above page), "examine the city and the structure." "The city" glyph is above the "examine" glyph with "the structure" to the right of "examine." This structure gives equal importance to "the city" and "the structure" without the need for an actual "and" coordination marker. However, when recomposed in a linear form an "and" marker is required, which would make either "the city" or "the structure" of secondary importance. (Verbally, of course, such distinctions are made by tone, stress, or even physical expression, not wording.) As time goes on I'm sure more cases will developed where meaning is lost when recomposed from the standard 2d layout to a linear one. Also; poetry in the GA is defined by a regular and balanced structure. Such can be seen in the translation of "The One Ring" towards the end of the above page. (There are a few too many duplicated symbols for it to be "good" poetry, but it shows the format.) -- Jefferson