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Blissym [Douglas Crockford]

Charles K. Bliss was a Jewish refugee who spent much of World War II in Shanghai. While in China, he attempted to learn to read Chinese. Frustrated by the complexity of language, he designed a 20th Century ideographic language that could be read and written by people of all languages. It was 1942. Bliss was a chemist by training, so he based his design on a small set of ideographs (idea symbols) that could be combined to express complicated ideas, much as atoms could be combined to create complex molecules. This language would use images and icons instead of words. The language is called Blissym (Blissymbolics). Blissym has been proven in work with handicapped children in Canada and other countries. This has been documented in a film from National Film Board of Canada and Film Australia called Mr. Symbol Man. Blissym is a visual language. It cannot be spoken except by first translating to another language. The truetype and metafonts at this site are free. Douglas Crockford made a symbol family called Blissymbols in 2003, in both metafont and truetype versions.

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file name: Douglas Crockford Blissymbols 2003







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