(PRWEB) July 23, 2002
Let me tell you about the Cybertext Communications Project Proposal, what it is and what it can become.
While the idea is simple, the effects may change the world. The CCP is a new approach to language itself. By creating a color coded alphabet and a high speed text animator paired with audio output on a 3D platform. This program could be used to deliver any text to any reader at a rate that far exceeds any program out there today. Even as you read this, Editors, Project Administrators, web desingners, and developers are coming together in a world wide team effort to develop this project into a working program, and they are all volunteering there services, just so they can be involved!
“We just added another web developer/Document editor today and had 3 more apply for other positions.
Below I have included a paper titled “abstract”
it is a more detailed description of the project its self, and is what the Developers will be looking as a sort of guide to the projects “concept” as they begin to compile the program its self.
Forward: A thought on abstract. ver 1.0 revised
It should be mentioned that this is a highly technical paper containing some “jargon” from the computer science community. (difficult reading)
As this is a new approach to solving an existing problem, which offers to implement an entirely new technology, the proposed method serves as its own explanation. The description of the method explained here could not offer any more of an abstract perspective on the proposed model than the model itself. The proposed model serves as the abstract.
. Project Purpose and Summary
Provided here is a detailed, accurate, English-language description of my project, including technical aspects, which cause it to differ from similar, existing solutions. This document provides details of my intended implementation.
. Project Title
Cyber text Communication
. Project Description
The “Cyber text Communications Project” is a proposed method of advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of written language itself. The method upon its implemented will increase exponentially the potential rate at which a reader is capable of taking in information from text by means of a new approach to displaying information as the reader views it. To date no such project or any similar projects have been initiated.
The “Cyber Face” (as it has been called), an advanced GUI or GUI plug in, will manipulate and reformat the text in such a way as to eliminate certain “points of resistance” along the flow of information between the text as it has been written and the mind of the reader. The reader’s job is to interpret the text as it has been seen by means of enlisting the advantages of color-coding and animation of the text. This approach is radically different than existing “speed reading” methods, and the two should not be confused. .
Such dramatic changes, however, to our existing method of reading would not go unnoticed by the average reader of conventional text. Consider that the final result will look like a series of flashing colored lights “flying at you” paired with a series of tones comparable to the sound of your 56k modem. Understand that to the laymen this would appear only as a light show with noise (from which they can gather no data), and that this text (or any other for that matter) makes no sense unless you know how to read it. It can be concluded that such a transition from the conventional to the advanced would be impossible without a bit of further training or some sort of a middle ground that would allow the conventional reader an opportunity to “upgrade” his or her reading skills to this new and colorful method. In light of this need, I have incorporated a series of 4 phases that will allow such a middle ground for the purposes of a smooth and painless transition with little or no effort required on the readers part other than reading its self.
Color Coding the Alphabet
Customized Fonts; although we will be keeping their conventional shape intact for the time being, we are going to give them a dramatic makeover by way of assigning each individual letter a color. When this new color-coded font is used each letter of each word in the text appears in its respective color . This excludes all vowels and punctuation for reasons, which we will discuss later. At this stage those items should remain black. This phase is designed to give the reader an opportunity to develop a memory association between the color and the letter. Phase 1 although necessary as training, will not its self-make the reading go any “faster”. Phase 1′s only purpose is to prepare the reader for a “color-only” type of font, which we begin to introduce in phase 2. It is important however, that the reader master Phase 1 before moving to phase 2. It has been suggested that the best method of training and integration would be to gradually introduce this color coding into a conventional “black and white” book such as paperback novel or Ebook (Ebook would be less expensive due to cost of color ink). The novel should be written in the color coded and conventionally shaped font from the first chapter, but after maybe a chapter or two have passed replace a common letter such as “T” with its “color only” counterpart. At this point in the book their shape as well as their color would still represent all letters except T or t. One letter could be replaced per chapter until finally a color only font would represent every colored shaped letter and the reader will have learned the code by the end of the book. At that point the reader should be ready for phase 3. Also the book selected for this training should be something that would appeal to a large audience so that this training can be fun for everybody. Perhaps a variety of religious books would be appropriate. Historically the Holy Bible has been the first writing to be transferred to a new method of writing and in some cases has been the driving force behind such advances.
Colors should be carefully selected so as to avoid any two hues, tints or shades from becoming indistinguishable from each other at a glance. This I have found is a fine line to walk, however there is ample visible spectrum to work with. The only exception would be for the color blind, which are going to be at a disadvantage during this phase. Accommodations can be made, and will be addressed in phase 4, for visually impaired.
Color assignment could be determined by each individual reader (user defined) by an interactive interface. Which should be developed and integrated into the overall program. However, at this point I believe it would promote unification of global communication if we were to define and use a “standard assigned color scheme”.
Phase 2 of Cyber text Communications Proposal
Forward on phase 2:
Try to imagine for a moment. A window displayed onscreen that contains what appears to be a long and basically round tunnel gray in color. Upon moving your mouse forward a bit you discover that the tunnel begins to move toward you so as to appear that you are moving forward inside of it. As you position the mouse a bit further forward, and you begin traveling, yet faster into this tunnel. Now you begin to see the tunnel is no longer perfectly round, but is oval shaped in places, and appear to twist a little in places. Stripes, or rings, of color appear in the distance as if they have been painted on the wall and as you continue to move forward they go past you the colors each seem to emit a soft but distinct tone as they go, only to reveal more stripes beyond them one after the other they pass you like lights on the ceiling do in a subway humming as they pass. The walls continue to twist clockwise and back again. As you continue on your journey into the depths of the tunnel finally you see a small white light at the end. As you approach it you see that you have indeed found the end of the tunnel in fact the end of a great book, which you by now will never forget.
The example above is a more accurate description of the vision I wish to develop. And now with that said allow me to explain a bit of what was experienced in the example. So you may better understand the conversions and transitions, which are made in this phase. The tunnel its self (gray) in color is the for-ground of the interface its self, the stripes or rings of color are each letters in the alphabet specifically consonants. The oval shaped portions of the tunnel are the vowels so it could be imagined also that most of the ovals would appear between two strips or rings of color. Thus a word would be comprised of both color of stripe and shape of the tunnel at that point. What has just been described to you can be a reality after mastery of phase 2 the middle ground from which a reader can be trained to move to the above described “tunnel” interface. Mastery of color recognition as well as the shape recognition of the vowels is necessary before making the leap. Now with that said lets move on to the technical aspects of this transition, which is Phase 2.
In this phase we start training in color only, on a 2 dimensional platform (back to conventional reading). Keep in mind that the purpose of these changes is to train the reader to the extent that text can be read and understood while being displayed as described (above) a 3 dimensional platform (Cyber Face). The following paragraph should be considered means to that end. Regardless of how complex it may sound, bear with me. (This is where I lose the non-geeks among us)
First is the upgrade from the color-coded font discussed in phase 1. At phase 2 these color-coded fonts should be traded for “Color only” fonts, which is to say, each letter is represented only by color (no font shape is represented). This is where we get to see how well the student did on phase 1. If mastery of phase 1 is complete, this phase for the reader (student) while being somewhat more difficult will not prove to be impossible to master as well. This can be done by creating a font set of vertically inclined rectangles as commonly seen with the exception that these are each assigned a specific color (depending upon which character they represent), rather than the old ones that we have all seen of the black outline rectangle, (usually displayed when the text was not formatted correctly when pasted into a text editor). The “color only” font is an important step between conventional text and cyber text and cannot be skipped.
And now lets move on to the vowels. Each vowel is to be assigned a shape, specifically an oval. It just so happens that there are 5 ways in which we can display an oval that can easily be seen as “different than” the other 4, and it just so happens we have 5 vowels to deal with. In other words the consonants will be determined by there color and vowels will be determined by which way there oval leans. The main thing to consider is that the “ovals” is of sufficient distortion from “round” that they cannot easily be confused with the perfect circle. Ovals should be either horizontally “–”(e), vertically”|” (I), diagonal “\” (a), diagonal “/” (U) and finally (O) the perfect circle (technically not an oval). On the color assignment, we are still standing with the exception of the vowels, punctuation will remain in standard and conventional form and black in color, When first making the transition to reading in color only fonts (especially with the new vowels) the reader will actually slow down a bit, not having the shape of the letter there as reinforcement, but this will be overcome with a little practice. If this proves too difficult it might be a good idea to put the conventional vowels back in for a while until the color code is learned
It would be nice if the program was made is such a way that the user could define certain variables for themselves, so as to promote individual user adaptability. Such variables include but are not limited to color code assignment and vowel replacement.
Be patient, it will pay off. Once mastery is achieved with the color only font in combination with the vowel replacement it is time to move to animation as described briefly above and as discussed in Phase 3:
This is the phase where you will begin to see the advantages of the the mouse, as used in this program. Push the mouse forward, the tunnel begins to move toward you push further forward on the mouse and it begins moving faster. Now the words as they will be in color only format will only appear as stripes on the wall of the tunnel as you pass them. At this point after the training of phase 1 and 2 if the reader has sufficiently mastered them, will be able to understand and comprehend exactly what is being displayed. I dont believe the speed increase mentioned on other pages will occur over night per say training described in phases 1 and 2. At this point we will introduce the color only font set of the second phase to an animated cyber text graphics interface called CYBERFACE . The conventional text will be “plugged in ” to the Cyberface and converted to the color only font set. It will then be ready for animated viewing by your newly trained reader, with the click of a button the text will begin to display its self at a speed determined by mouse position. It will take some time to get used to this new methol but I do believe It will happen quite fast (where learning to read is concerned. and My evidence to support this assumption that there will be an increase is this, letters are being displayed in a more clear manner, larger text size, potential to allow eyes to relax, and the idea that there will be less restriction to the natural flow of information. after all it will be “seen ” much in the same way the spoken word is heard, one word at a time.
The technical aspects of this proposed CYBERFACE are quite simply beyond my grasp of knowledge in the field of computer programming, however, the general idea is to create a GUI or browser plug in which is able to convert standard text into the above described animated bands of color which can be initiated and manipulate by clicking and navigating with the mouse.
I am confident that with the resources available to us today including but not limited to various libraries, programming languages, source code, programmers, developers, editors and just all around great support, this project can and will be evaluated, planned and developed, for every O.S. platform currently available, specifically *Linux and *Windows.
The audio factor:
Although I am aware of many approaches to producing audio output from written text and likewise producing text from speech. All attempts so far ,as I have seen, are taking the “natural language” approach, such as the “Dragon Naturally Speaking” for example.
Here is a proposition for another method, one that stands more with the cyber text communication tradition.
As you may well know (also in reference to my color coded fonts) each color of light as well as each “note” of sound occurs on (a) specific frequency (s) where each individual color of light (visible) only occurs on one (unique) frequency beginning with red (low) frequency and ending with violet (higher) frequency, and where with sound each “note” occurs on 1 specific frequency and all respective “harmonic” frequencies. Due to our ears having greater range of potential frequency inputs than our eyes which are more narrowly tuned for light we are able to hear several different “octaves” of one single note where as with light we are only able to see 1 “octave” of the color. But the bottom line (for the purposes of the example) is light and sounds are both just vibrations at different frequency “vectors” on the same electromagnetic spectrum.
What this means is that for every color we use in our color coded fonts there is also its respective “harmonic ” set of sounds that could be paired with it and sent through the CYBERFACE to the reader. We only need to determine which audible notes pair with each color we have assigned, and poof! We have our selves an audiovisual interface capable of show and tell in a very big way. Now in reality it would not be necessary to match exactly the “correct ” sound to each color, there is another approach whit fits the bill. It just so happens that there are 3 octaves of 7notes which are easiest for the human ear to hear (Ill let you figure out which they are, but here’s a clue “every good boy does fine”. Thats right 3 octaves of 7 notes that are 21 distinct sounds (one for each consonant) oh and as for the vowels how about the sharps and flats. You guessed it there are 5! Almost scary how well the math works out on this isnt it? Some would say it was meant to be.
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