Stenography is full of exciting discoveries.
No, really, it is.
Okay, well stenography is full of things that excite me, and when the community user Nimble mentioned he had a new way to write numbers, I was completely stoked. His system relied upon a custom keyboard, though, and therefore was not usable by me.
The Nimble Number system is now available to any Plover user on any Plover-compatible keyboard of the classic Ireland 23- key layout.
The classic stenography numbering system uses: STPH- for 1, 2, 3, and 4; -FPLT for 6, 7, 8, and 9; and AO- for 5 and 0. You can create a number of arbitrary length, as long as that number is in steno order. At some point, someone introduced the idea of adding -EU to any pair of numbers to reverse them. So, using classic steno, you can write any 2-digit number and several longer numbers if you're lucky. It was always a fun game to see how few strokes you could use to type a long number. With some cleverness, you could often find a 3-digit or even 4-digit single stroke.
Nimble's system is superior. He uses STPH-in combinations to create every digit from 0-9. That's the best thing about his system. The counting numbers to 9 are all on the left hand. Beyond that, though, he then replicates the pattern on -FPLT to make a 2-digit number, on -RBGS to make a 3rd digit, and on SKWR- to make a fourth digit. That's sweet. And for one more great piece of goodness, he uses AOEU to add marks like the $ and %. I don't actually know what the combinations are he uses, but I didn't let a little thing like complete ignorance slow me down. I've created my own.
AOEU can create 16 combinations, so I've created the ability to add 16 decorations: $, ., :, -, (), and / in several different forms. You can now single-stroke $12.34, (1234), 18:00, and 12.34%. Granted, they're all finger-twisters, but you don't have to start to that way. I'm certainly not.
I'm getting used to the idea by working mostly with 1 and 2 digit numbers. They're pretty easy. I'm also getting up to speed pretty quickly on IP addresses, which use some 3-digit numbers. 3 is not too hard. I do have to say, the 4-digit numbers are very hard because I had to compromise the S- key. The original system relied on the S- being split into two keys. I could not do that. Instead, wherever you would hit the lower S-, you have to hit the *. It's a sad accommodation, but it still leaves those numbers available to me if I ever find one I need to use a lot.
So, the dictionary comes with 3 Help Strokes. Hit #-F, #-P, and #-L to see the following 3 bits of detailed help:
....Writing Nimble Numbers
....How to stroke the numbers 0-14
....Nimble Numbers Table of Possibility
....Single stroke 1, 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers with all modifiers
- Bare number
.... 1 12 123 1234
- Leading decimal
.O.. .1 .12 .123 .1234
- Central decimal
.OE. .1 1.2 1.23 12.34
- $ alone
A... $1 $12 $123 $1234
- $ with central decimal
AOE. $.10 $1.20 $1.23 $12.34
- Trailing colon
..E. 1: 12: 123: 1234:
AO.U 1:00 12:00 123:00 1234:00
- Trailing hyphen
A..U 1- 12- 123- 1234-
- Negative as -
AO.. -1 -12 -123 -1234
- Leading (
A.E. (1 (12 (123 (1234
- Negative as()
A.EU (1) (12) (123) (1234)
- Trailing )
..EU 1) 12) 123) 1234)
- Percent symbol
...U 1% 12% 123% 1234%
- Percent with central decimal
.OEU .1% 1.2% 1.23% 12.34%
- Trailing /
AOEU 1/ 12/ 123/ 1234/
....Writing Several Nimble Numbers
....How to stroke 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers
The first digit of any number is typed on the STPH- keys
The second digit of any number is typed on the -FPLT keys
The third digit of any number is typed on the -RBGS keys
The fourth digit of any number is typed on the -*KWR keys
The fourth digit is a mess. Sorry. The S- could not be reused
so substitute the * for the S-, so it's out of sequence
To download and play with the dictionary, click here:
To download and use the Nimble Numbers system with the single command dictionary, click here:
Nimble Single Stroke Commands