Writing in AlphaTapp and Helpful Hints

Messages can be written in AlphaTapp, reading from left to right. The lower left corner will always be the thumb block for the first letter of the message, and the top left corner is the little finger block of the first letter.  This works for either the left or right hand.  Reading from left to right, each five-block column denotes one character.  Information can be conveyed on graph paper by using circles and dashes, ones and zeroes, or any binary system as long as the recipient knows which is the “on” element and which is the “off” element.  AlphaTapp is mainly a method for visual communication, so it does not have shift characters, punctuation marks, or special characters except for the space/error, numeric/alphabetic toggle, and period/decimal. If you are going to write, just use letters instead! 

Helpful hints

A hand swipe (no fingers) denotes a space.

A double hand-swipe denotes a backspace (error).

A closed fist ends a sentence, or denotes a decimal point in numeric mode.

Numbers 1 through 5 equal the number of fingers touching, starting from the thumb.

Numbers 6 through 0 have the fifth (little) finger down, plus the value of the other finger.  6 is fifth plus 1st, 7 is fifth plus 2nd, and so on.

Letter “o” and number “0” are the same (little finger only).

Learn to signal and read from both sides, for either hand.  Knowing how to sign with your non-dominant hand may help someone who is just learning when seen from their perspective.

It might be easiest to think of the symbols as being in groups with similar attributes.

ABCDE
FGHI
JKL
MN
O
PQR
ST
U
VWX
YZ

V looks like a V, W looks like a W, and X looks like an X (sort of!)

Information can be conveyed on graph paper by using circles and dashes, ones and zeroes, or any binary system as long as the recipient knows which is the “on” element and which is the “off” element.  AlphaTapp is mainly a method for visual communication, so it does not have shift characters, punctuation marks, or special characters except for the space/error, numeric/alphabetic toggle, and period/decimal. If you are going to write, just use letters instead!