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A Different Way of Communicating

In today’s day and age, where social media and smart phones are about as commonplace as ever before, it’s hard to imagine a way of communicating that doesn’t involve instant access to information. That information includes short messages in text, pictures, videos, and internet content – all sent at a speed unimaginable to people a couple of decades back. It’s easy to see that the way we communicate has more and more to do with speed and brevity than with anything else these days. However, a lot of other means of communication exist and were rather prevalent in the past (some a bit farther back in the past than others).
Does the name Samuel Morse ring a bell? This man invented the telegraph, a (forgotten?) apparatus which turned the tables for long distance communication. He didn’t stop there, though: Morse also came up with a code, named after him, which allowed for “secret” messages to be sent across telegraph lines. The Morse Code was used to transmit information, complex messages, etc. using the telegraph lines as its means. Letters in the alphabet were assigned to patterns, series of dots and dashes, clicks or lights, which one had to be trained to understand. The code itself would be written on a piece of paper, and then had to be translated into English (and, later, other languages of course) in order to relay the message intended. There are different kinds of Morse Code, including American and international variants. When translating code into text or vice versa, the person taking care of the job pays attention to symbol representations and punctuation signs as well. All of the dots, dashes, spaces (short and long) are translated into letters and marks in the text. Today, there are several Morse to text and text to Morse translating tools on the internet for free.
International Morse Code has a variety of uses, including aviation services, radio services, and can even be used by the public in general or by people with specific disabilities which cause communicative issues and difficulties.
It may sound as though getting the hang of this is tough, and it probably does take a while to learn fully. Regardless of the difficulties of assimilating a communicative system such as this, we can’t forget one very important and ever-present tool that should radically simply things: the internet. In today’s day and age (something unimaginable for Mr. Morse, I’m sure) we can all go online and watch a few tutorials, read up on what the code itself looks and sounds like, and become a Morse Code expert in no time. In fact, there’s probably an app for that. However, keep in mind that people prefer to read internet content in their own native language. To learn more about the significance of website translations please visit our webpage here.