Keyscript Shorthand was invented in 1996 by Janet Cheeseman in Western Australia. It is probably the fastest to write of all the fully alphabetical shorthand systems, saving about 60% of the writing. It employs only the lower case letters of the alphabet, and can be hand-written or typed on a keyboard.
Although fully alphabetical and not using any other signs or symbols, Keyscript is based on the broad principles of Pitman Shorthand. But since it uses only the letters of the alphabet it is much quicker and easier to learn than Pitman's.
Speeds in Keyscript are determined not only by the reduction in the number of characters to be written compared to English longhand. There are two other factors:
1. Keyscript requires less memorisation for 'spelling'. The average length of a word in continuous matter (sentences, paragraphs) in Keyscript is less than two letters and its spelling is regular.
2. Keyscript uses 'phrasing', or the joining of words to show meaning. As well as this making Keyscript more readable, it also makes it faster. There are fewer spaces between words, so the pen or pencil does not have to leave the paper as often as in longhand, nor the spacebar pressed as often in typing.
Speeds obtained in Keyscript are likely to range up to 90 wpm for handwriting, and up to 220 wpm on a keyboard, depending on typing speed.
Keyscript can also be used to make ordinary typing faster, employing the Auto Correction function found in all computer word processing systems. No additional software is required.