by Thomas Heller
Linear1 is an experimental script that can be used to represent alphabets with up to 23 distinct characters. Its main properties are:
- All characters can be written in one continuous line, without taking pen/pencil/brush off the paper.
- Lines are drawn once – they are never repeated. (Except for sticks, see extension notes below.)
Linear1 is written left to right, top to bottom here, but can be used to write from right to left as well, especially since its characters are vertically symmetrical. See also Linear2 and Ringscripts, Starscripts and Tunnelscripts for more experimentation with writing direction.
"The history of Linear1 script is very long and complicated. Many tried to decipher its meaning, but very few have succeeded. May you, blessed traveller, grasp its secret!"
|4||upper double circle||double circle||upper||round||closed||2||d|
|5||lower double circle||double circle||lower||round||closed||2||e|
|6||double double circle||double circle||symmetrical||round||closed||4||f|
|22||inverse pyramid mirrored||triangle||lower||angular||closed||4||v|
To represent all 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, 3 more characters are needed. To compensate for this, the following stick symbols can be used in addition to the 23 main characters:
These characters do not fulfill Linear1's second property of not writing over the same line again, but they fulfill Linear1's first property that all text is written as a continuous line. Because sticks are fairly easy to write, they are nonetheless presented here as the recommended way for writing additional letters.
Sorry, there is no vector font of Linear1 yet, but if you want to experiment with Linear1 yourself, you can download PNG files for all characters in the following formats:
Images are in the
png subdirectory of the archives.
The following helper can be used to generate HTML code that makes
use of the PNG "font". Enter some Latin characters (from
the "Latin" columns above), click
"generate" and corresponding
<img> tags will
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