Quikscript / Read Alphabet
Quikscript was created by Kingsley Read, who also created the Shavian
alphabet. Read noticed various problems with the Shavian alphabet
and decided to produce a new alphabet which addressed these problems.
His new creation proved popular with Shavian enthusiasts.
- There is no case in Quickscript. Proper names are distinguished by a
preceding namer dot.
- There are two written forms of Quickscript: Junior and Senior. The
letters in Junior Quickscript are mostly unconnected, with the
exception of a few common dipthongs. Senior Quickscript is the
semi-cursive "official" form of Quickscript: many letters have
alternate forms which allow words to be handwritten with fewer
lifts of the pen.
- Many common words and suffixes are abbreviated to save on overall
length. For example, "and" is written with a single [n] character, and
"-ed" with only the [d] character.
- Numbers and punctuation are largely the same as in standard
Sample text (Junior Quikscript, no abbreviations)
Sample text (Junior Quikscript with abbreviations)
Sample text (Senior Quikscript)
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)
Longer sample text (Tower of Babel)
Text samples and notable features provided by Oliver langan
Quikscript fonts are available from the following news group, which
you have to join in order to download them:
Free Quikscript font
Information about Quikscript
Quickscript official manual (PDF, 2.4MB)
Alternative spelling/writing systems
Benjamin Franklin's Phonetic Alphabet,
Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet,
Learn Chinese Characters with the Omniglot Chinese app