Since we’re talking about Speedwriting and other alpha systems, does any one know anything about AlphaHand? I have the books but never pursued it. It’s an alpha system based on Pitman and looks pretty good (but not as good as Gregg).



(by shorthandmarc for everyone)


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  1. I didn't make it very clear, did I?!!   It's an alpha system which relies upon the principles of Pitman.  So, for example, instead of initial hooks for things like R and L, it uses straight lines and upward diagonal lines (if I remember correctly).  Halving and doubling might also be in there but it's been quite some time since I looked at the text.   I was once told by an ex-Pitman teacher that it was the best alpha system he had seen.  Then again, I think he might have had quite a bias!   Marc  

  2. Apropos the halving question, I realized last night where I'd read that tidbid about halving. It was in a book at the UNR library that compared shorthand systems, and its methods of teching. It was geared toward teachers' efforts for improving teaching methods.

    But the book was printed circa 1957. It is indeed possible that AlphaHand could have used halving, and have made the original statement obsolete…

    I was just wondering if you had heard of any other system besides these two which used halving…

  3. I sit corrected!   AlphaHand (which was developed in the 1980s, I believe) does not have halving.  For doubling, it adds a stroke which looks like a "(" for -ture, etc.    It does use a line attached to a consonant to express a following R and is based on Pitman theory.  There's the equivalent of the "str" loop, etc.   I've never known anyone who taught or used it and I have no idea what the speed potential is.  It is, after all, an alpha system.   Marc  

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