(or do I want to say writing systems? I don't think so.)

After studying the Unicode charts for some time, as well as a
few other books (Nakanishi, for one), I have noticed quite a
range of complexity of scripts.

It seems to me that cursive Hebrew is one of the simplest,
requiring the least hand motion to write, while some complex
CJK characters are impressively complicated. (When I
encounter a good Chinese dictionary indexed by radical and
stroke count, I like to look for characters with the largest
counts, and be amazed.)

One hardly need mention Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

Also, as you know, numerals have a range of complexities; the
Asian traditional numerals (especially (disused?) traditional
Chinese!) are elaborate, and must come from a different kind
of life, when people had the time and peace of mind to write
such elaborate forms.

Otoh, Hangzhou-style numerals (at least, the lower values!)
suggest practical, quick and efficient writing, no fuss. One
could say the same for those in use in the Middle East. Our
own Arabic numerals are simple, of course.

In my rather-casual learning path, I have not, so far, seen
much comment that I can recall about the relative complexity
of various scripts and digit sets. Nevertheless, it does seem
to be a factor to consider.

Hope this message isn't a waste! :)

Nicholas Bodley ||@|| Waltham, Mass.
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