Within the scope of spelling reform, for example, there will be always amount of those who are against. I think in this particular case arguments like "I don't want the new one because I got used to the old one" must be declined right away. Anyway, writing developement is for next generations, not for current.
The question of whether to continue the current capitalisation regime in German or to discard has been debated for over a century
, and will probably continue to be debated for years to come. I wasn't trying to wade into that debate. If I understand you correctly, you aren't seriously suggesting 100 million German-speakers should change their habits, only that a few thousand learners should. Since I'm not a learner, that doesn't really concern me.
... every now and then I come across a word which could be read as either a noun or another part of speech and I end up having to reread the sentence in order to make sure I'm parsing it correctly.
Ok I accept this as an argument. But it is only one, and rather weak one. Even though
I was a beginner back then, I had absolutulely no problem with those equal noun/verb words. Man read not word-by-word, but rather by groups of words, like pronoun-verb-noun.
And how do you think, if written text (without caps in nouns) would end in confusion why there is no confusion in the same speech?
As I said, your proposal isn't really for me. This isn't a theoretical argument against what Kleinschreibung
would mean, it's a concrete example of what I experience when I read texts written in that way, furnished to explain why I think switching to them would not only bring me no benefit but would actually constitute a hindrance.
I never like to speak like a 'smart ass', but for me it's obvious, that using two different character sets in one text can't be good for readability in any case. I understand it without any theory or experiments, and I made an experiment only to feel how _big_ is the difference. And for me it is enough noticeable. So when I will read significant amount of text I'll definitly make those changes, all the more, as it doesn't cost me a thing.
I guess you're doing all your reading online or with the benefit of e-readers. I don't; I mostly read in dead-tree format, so your proposal would mean either (a) discarding my investment in print and replacing those texts with versions in electronic format (which would be expensive not only in monetary terms but also in time spent scanning, since not everything I own has been digitised already) or (b) switching frequently between the two capitalisation regimes, which based on my experience so far is overwhelmingly likely to negatively impact my reading speed.
It would be interesting to find out if any other learners consider your proposal both helpful and practical. I really can't imagine you'll find anybody already comfortable with written German who will.