Erase all of written history to hide our shameful alphabet-based mistakes from the future! After reading this, you will think Fahrenheit 451 is an instruction manual.
Latin-based writing systems—like the one your’e reading right now—have a serious problem: many letters and numbers look exactly the same!
The most obvious example (Figure 1) is probably “l” (lower-case “L”) and “I” (upper-case “i”).
Fixing these duplicated symbols, perhaps with the proposed new symbols in Figure 3, has a number of benefits:
- For everyone: Prevents confusion when you wrote down someone’s email address and now can’t figure out if you wrote down a “9” or a “g.”
- For everyone: Prevents people from trying to scam you with a fake email address from “admin@C0MPANY.COM.”
- For people who witness vehicular crimes: Makes it easier to tell if a license plate is something like “9901IQ” or “GGO1I0.”
- For Internet users: Prevents from picking identical-looking usernames to troll you.
- For programmers: helps avoid errors when programming (is that variable a lower-case “L,” or is it a capital “i”).
PROS: Helps avoid many common errors! Maybe helps dyslexics? In order to gain traction for this plan, we shall claim that it does, without any evidence.
CONS: Requires that all old books be burned and old monuments be reduced to rubble, so no one is confused by the old letters.