Semantography - Rules and Principles


Charles understood that a symbol writing had to be organized according to a set of rules and principles. Without such organization it would be a "Babel" of symbols with no coherent system.

Using his engineering background he devised the following rules and principles that would govern Semantography.

Semantography: Rules and Principles

  1. Symbols must be simple.
  2. Meanings must be evident via a picture.
  3. Symbols are drawn between two lines, as in writing.
  4. Size of symbol affects meaning.
  5. Position of symbol, between the two lines, affects meaning.
  6. Symbols read left to right.
  7. Indicators, printed above the top line, will change the meaning of the symbol, The meaning will change depending on the indicator used.
  8. Lines used to draw symbols are to be easy to read. Those that draw pointers are thinner.
  9. Symbols are drawn in the ratio of 1 to 10. This means that if the thickness of a line is 1 mm then the overall size of the symbol must be 10 mm.
  10. Symbols must be able to be typed on a modified typewriter.
  11. Symbols must be composed out of a limited set of elementary signs.
  12. Symbols can be combined to create greater meanings.
  13. Creation of a multitude of unique symbols should be avoided.