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Is txt anthr lngage?
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Posted August 28, 2004 at 9:34AM
I am sure someone will correct my title. I don't speak text very well.
What is the relevance here?
Recently I have seen a number of questions posted on the help forum that are a stream of jumbled words with little or no punctuation and not sorted into logical thoughts.
I am sure there is a sensible question in there somewhere but trying to sort it out is just too hard work - so I pass on.
OK - so I have set myself up here. I am certainly not perfect and I am not asking for perfect spelling or precisely correct English.
All I am saying is that a clearly defined problem makes it easier answer.
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Posted September 4, 2004 at 7:51PM
Jackcoms i fell has got most of the answer. TXT msgs used to be limited to 135 characters. SO if you had a lot to say, you had to work out some way of saying it in a shorter way. Hence TXT;text msgs;messages 2mora;tomorrow.
but there is the fact that a phone has only 10 keys to type in the alphabet with. so if you make the word shorter it's quiker to type, it's not one press per letter, as on a keyboard. for house its 2(h)3(o)2(u)4(s)2(e), 13 presees for a 5 letter word. Any suprise is got shortned to hse, 8 presses, almost half the effort.
Now that predictive texting has arrived, and many phones can split a long message and send in sections, i predict TXT will eventually die out, as phone makers do away with the option to turn predictive texting off (more memory/processor power in the phone, so a bigger dictianory, and software that learns which words you use and which you don't), and the lenght of message you can send gets bigger. then voice recogition will arrive, aand you wont be able to spell it wrong, even if you can't spell it to start with.
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Posted September 4, 2004 at 8:13PM
I agree with cga, written communication should be just that, in a format everyone can understand. But each type of communication has its shorthand, its nothing new.
Abbreviating the language dates back over a hundred years, since the first landline communications and still in use today on the amateur bands using Morse, I use it all the time.
This includes the use of the international 'Q' code, so even if the other operator doesn't understand English, communication can still be established to get the basic message across.
This site lists just a few of the more commonly used 'Q' codes:
The military also use the less common 'Z' code which I used to use:
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