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Quik guide to quikscript


Step 1 - What is quikscript?
Quikscript (also known as "Quickscript," "Kwikscript," "The Read Alphabet" & "The Second Shaw Alphabet" is an alternate English alphabet. It was designed by Ronald Kingsley Read (referred to commonly as 'Kingsley Read') in 1966. The alphabet is phonetic (meaning words are spelt as they would be if pronounced properly) & uni-case (meaning that there is only one case of letters, unlike normal English which has capital letters & lower-case letters).
Step 2 - What do I need to start using quikscript?
For non-computer use, your best resource is currently the .PDF for Kingsley Read's Quikscript manual. Click the red link below to go to the external website where you can download it.

PDF of Kingsley Read's Quikscript Manual (external website)

For those with consistent Internet access, you can also access the Quikscript tutorial here.

Quikscript Outpost's Quikscript Tutorial (direct link)

For use with PC computers, please download the King Plus Monospace Quikscript TrueType font. This is the preferred font for this website. You may also want to download the "Jerome" & "Junior" Quikscript TrueType fonts (not available on this website) for backwards compatibility with other websites using Quikscript.

Quikscript Outpost's Quikscript (King Plus Monospace, King Plus & others) TrueType Fonts (direct link)
Yahoo's "Read Alphabet" Group (external website)
Step 3 - Where should I join to meet other people using Quikscript?
There is currently only one place for you to interact with others involved in Quikscript - The Yahoo! Quikscript Group. The Yahoo! Group has additional files hosted there that would be useful.

Yahoo's "Read Alphabet" Group (external website)
Step 4 - How often should I practice quikscript? Any useful hints?
Try to practice in short but frequent sessions. For those just starting out, try 15-minute sessions for 3 or 4 times a day. Adjust this accordingly based on your enthusiasm & skill progression. Even if you feel that you are "experienced" in both reading & writing Quikscript, attempt to read & write with it everyday to keep your skill at it's optimum level. Remember - "writing" in Quikscript & "typing" in Quikscript should be regarded as two different activities.

When first attempting to write in Quikscript, try writing larger-than-normal so that you may get a better feel for the letters.
Step 5 - What can I do with quikscript?
The world of Quikscript welcomes all new additions. Here's just some of the things you can do to contribute to the community:
  • Make a new website involving Quikscript.
  • Transcribe texts into Quikscript.
  • Create new Quikscript fonts.
  • Create new educational Quikscript aids.
Quikscript, like so many other things in life, is ultimately what you make of it. The more you become involved with it, the more that you will get out of it.