5 Bit Wonder

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Current 5 bit values:

(is there any way to get rid of the space between each item in the list below?:)

00000  space

00001  a

00010  c

00011  d

00100  e

00101  g

00110  h

00111  i

01000  l

01001  m

01010  n

01011  o

01100  p

01101  r

01110  s

01111  t

10000  u

10001  v

10010  ,

10011  .

10100  ~

10101  `

10110  '

10111  ?

11000  !

11001  (

11010  )

11011  :

11100  |

11101  TBD

11110  TBD

11111  TBD

Info: Created on 8th February 2018 . Last edited on 5th March 2018.
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How does this work?

Comment by toothy7564 16th February 2018

The goal is to have an 'alphabet' of no more than 32 glyphs, so that it can be stored in 5 bit numbers while still being generally readable. 
So the font translates each letter either into its own glyph or a combination of glyphs. For example c is 'c' and x is 'cs' in the font - appearing as 2 five bit glyphs. 

I have been able to crunch the core letters down to 17, therefore 9 letters are combinations of others: b=pv, f=ph, j=dg, k=cc, q=cccc, w=uu, x=cs, y=ei, z=ds.
I do the same thing with symbols.
The core symbols are .,~` and ' - these are 'dots'. Other core symbols are ?!(): and |. Core symbols can be used to build other symbols, for example the { is ~(
Capitalization is done by prefixing a letter with a `. Numbers and some symbols are done by spelling them out after a tilde so 1=~one
The compression is lossy but is still pretty good. for example kk=cccc which then resolves back to q. It's not perfect but it's pretty good.

Comment by jonrgrover 16th February 2018

Thank you for the detailed explanation of your experiment, jongrover. I tried myself a 5-bit design, showcased in 'Ascii Art' (Unicode), titled sample G. “5-bit confusion”, where the lowercase and the numerics are mixed in a l337 way, but in a difficult 2x3 pixel matrix… (this pseudo font is part of my -unreleased- main project of 'micro typeface.) I'll need more time to train myself for using your (apparently quite) smart design. Thanks for sharing/saving ;-)

Comment by dpla 21st February 2018

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