The Xelbet script (Xel Alphabet) was invented by Alex
Gómex from Mexico to write Spanish, his first language,
and English. It can be used for other languages like German
or Esperanto. Alex designed this alphabet to write secret
thoughts or notes, and its glyph-like "mode" was originally
created as an ornamental script to tag his drawings.
This alphabet is an extreme simplification of Latin alphabet,
and it is so simplified that all Xelbet letters can be drawn
with only one line, this makes the writing much quicker.
Alex thinks that the future alphabets can look this way.
- Type of writing system: alphabetic, but it can be written to seem a syllabary, abjad or glyph script.
- Direction of writing: from left to right. From top to bottom is also valid.
- Used to write: Spanish, English, German and Esperanto.
- Xelbet is not a phonetic writing system. Its letters represent the Latin ones.
Full Xelbet alphabet
- There are many "modes" for Xelbet: alphabetic, syllabic (vowels inside consonants), abjad (vowels over or under consonants) and glyph-like or condensed (letters stacked and connected, in a square shaped "glyph").
- Xelbet vowels are straight lines, except the "o", which is a dot.
- Xelbet consonants are curved lines.
- All letters and numbers, except "o" and "r", are rotated or mirrored versions of 9 original symbols.
- Xelbet numbers are more complex symbols and they are written bigger than letters.
- Punctuation has not yet been created, so Latin punctuation is used instead. Periods, commas etc. always go under the row.
- Capital letters are the same but bigger and they are used only in alphabetic mode.
- Glyph-like writing is better used for names or short sentences. Some letters can contain another letter, mainly a vowel, inside of it, and the outside letter is always read first. In glyph mode, the letters can be connected or stacked in many ways, from left to right or from top to bottom and they are read in the order they were connected or stacked.
- The most frequent letters in Spanish and English, like e, r, s, n, etc. are the most simple. There are special letters for h clusters, like sh, ch, or th, and for the ñ present in spanish. The acute accents of Spanish are marked only in alphabetic mode.
Alphabetic sample text (in Spanish)
Glyph-like sample text (in Spanish)
Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y
derechos y, dotados como están de razón y conciencia,
deberán comportarse fraternalmente los unos con los otros.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Other constructed scripts