Dotsies: Language Of The Future?

Dotsies is a minimal, dot-based alternate version of the Latin alphabet. Why have we not evolved past using a 3,000-year-old character system?

Since latin letters (a, b, c, etc.) are optimized to be written by hand, they take up a lot of unnecessary space. Your eyes have to move at a frantic pace from left to right to read. Get more screen space! Save paper!

It’s easier than you think. There are only 26 letters. It takes only about 20 minutes at to get them into your short term memory. Each letter has five dots that are on or off (black or white). You’ll be very slow at first, but will noticeably speed up over time. As you progress, words start to look like shapes.


  • Chaorder Gradient

    “It’ll be easier for the robot masters to take over if it could read everything we write infinitely faster than we can.”

    Also it might make more sense if they switched up the order and grouped similar phonemes rather than using the relatively random arrangement of the standard alphabet

    • Catalina Payne

       There are all sorts of issues wrong with this.

      Just open a random page of the Unicode standards. It will have like ten things wrong with what we are looking at here.

  • nkear5

    This looks a lot like the alphabet the Ancients used in Stargate. Also, we should adopt a more phonetic approach to spelling if we’re going to change the written language so radically.

  • saint_al

    21st Century visual Braille?  The dots/ dashes aren’t organized by frequency of English language usage as in the case of Morse Code (which could also be written vertically).
    /opinion- seems about as useful as Klingon

    • Chaorder Gradient

      what seriously comes to mind is that it is technically learnable by humans, while simultaneously ideal for “computer” reading(as opposed to binary barscans which are only computer readable)

      • saint_al

         Yep, agreement here. Scans would work almost equally well with the Vertical Morse Code, perhaps as written characters along a top line down (or from the bottom up). Admittedly, Morse would necessitate a wider scan/ reading area for the vertical length range of each character.

      • Catalina Payne


        Oh… then wake me up once it is made Unicode Compliant. Until then, don’t bother with this.

  • Nunzio X

    May I be the first to write, using the alphabet you see before you: “No, thanks.” 

  • Fleming1972

    Don’t you love how the letter b looks like the letter c, and the letter l looks like the letter n. This is terrible. It’s not very revolutionary either, in that there is just a one-to-one correspondence with our Roman alphabet. Let’s try working on spelling reform first, primarily to make it easier for people learning English as a second language to pick it up faster.

  • Valinora

    After a cursory (take the pun how you like it) look, I already hate it.

  • Redacted

    It seems to me that we use a 3,000 year old alphabet because it works.

    • Anarchy Pony

      “Constantly change that which isn’t broken” is the secret motto of every techno dork in the world.

      • Catalina Payne

         This is more Red Green in handiman’s corner…

        If it ain’t broken, break it, put it back together and use the extra screws somewhere else.

        My brain is screaming out at how much it is just a BADLY thought out idea.

  • BuzzCoastin

    this sucks do people rally use this?

    • Chaorder Gradient


    • Jin The Ninja

       makes hanzi memorisation look positively benign;)

  • Anarchy Pony

    e-r-e totally looks like a cock and balls.

  • Catalina Payne

    This is not the language of the future. THIS is even more limited than latin.

    Who ever the hell thought this was smart or funny… look into Chinese writing (the history behind it), look into Sanskrit as well.

    ALSO LEARN A REAL LANGUAGE! English is a pidgin language. Which honestly means it is a guttural set of slurs for use by the common folk (just so you know, Japanese is also technically a pidgin language).

    I’d post this in German, Latin or Dene–but I know none well enough to do that… and I think the point would be lost… like really lost.

    This is not a real solution… in fact it does not cover a LOT of things a writing system has to cover.

    Somebody LART this asshole with the UTF-8 standards book, work and information write ups?

    • Jin The Ninja

      co sign, agreed. takes away many of the experimental and evolving properties written language has inherently.

  • Bruteloop

    Regardless of anything else, I steadfastly refuse to adopt a language called ‘Dotsies’. How have we come to see infantilisation as progress?

  • Brainwavze

    Looks like morse code for the digital age… what a dumb idea

  • Hadrian999

    artificial languages don’t really catch on, they are devoid of the cultural meanings attached to traditional languages, who remembers esperanto 

    • Jin The Ninja

      i totally agree. although i do think esperanto has some merit, i mean at least the creator took aspects of many different languages, not just latin-based ones.