The Amazing

Telelogue


How the invention of telegraphical communication took the world. 

The telelogue is a simple telegraphical device with two signal channels. By varying simple electrical pulse-signals between these two channels, one can easily generate messages in a binary code, or even trinary - though in usual codes, the third signal, "simultaneous pulse" is used for errors and suchlike.

Unlike its contemporary signalling systems with only one channel, the simple telegraph, telelogues did not require timing in how the signal was sent, thus making it much more machine-readable. Because of the simple character of the binary signal compared with temporally coded signals (which used pulses of varying length), it garnered support fast and displaced the simple telegraph everywhere.

Originally, messages were encoded by hand using see-saw logue keys (1), and later with dials (2), but these were replaced fairly early by machinated encoding. Messages were entered into the kenner's message prelog as punch cards or tapes, which could have been made with octal typichords (below) or by hand.

As the speed and range of the telelogue grew, and the prices fell, its uses were also expanded upon by inventive customers. Because the information sent by the line did not need be actual language, it could contain any sort of meaning, including simple pictures and, for example, musical notation, though the telelogue always was, first and foremost, about conferring language.

It did not take long until soon every village in England had its own operating station, and not long after did the first personal signals, besides those meant for business, appear. People started using the telelogue for much beyond what was used for personal letters, and soon, newspaper-like discussion columns became usual, together with other applications.

Textual encoding (British standard)

A tick of the telelogue, a single signal of information, which can be interpreted as left and right or true and false or even as zero and one, is called a mott [abbreviated μτ] (and a corrupted mote is called a moit). Six motts make up a single mote [Μω], which is the basic unit of transferring information. A mote can encode sixty-four different characters, starting with the number from zero to nine and some mathematical symbols ([ooo.oo1], [000.010]... [001.001]), continuing with the lower case letters of the alphabet (though not arranged alphabetically - legacy to the days of ticking the code by hand, the most frequent letters of the English alphabet had the most simple and robust codes), followed by punctuation and ending with a set of meta-characters.

Further characters can be sent by using one of the extension meta-characters at the end of the primary mote set. [111.110] is a meta-character that 'capitalises' the following character: or rather, this meta-character and one more character makes up a single double-mote (a mite [Μᾳ]) character, this set including capital letters not found in the primary set. Other sets triggered by other meta-characters in the primary set include foreign letters and other symbols.