Morse Code Gets The @ Sign – But It's Too Long
from the but-why? dept
The whole point of the @ symbol is that it’s shorthand for the word “at.” So, plenty of people (well, actually not that many care at all) are confused as to why the first update to Morse Code in 60 years to include the @ symbol has it much longer than just tapping out the word “at.” The real issue is that “at” is apparently the same code as “w,” though no one seems to have asked if anyone was actually confused by this. For those who care, the @ symbol can be tapped out as dit-dah-dah-dit-dah-dit. Update: Multiple people have noted that the report is wrong that “at” and “w” are the same, since there should be a pause between the “a” and the “t” designating “at”. People who know better than I claim it’s nearly impossible to be confused. This makes sense, though, as how else would you be able to write any words without confusing the hell out of people as the letters started to run together.