Great inventions: the space character!

IMAGINEREADINGTHISBLOGIFIDIDNOTUSESPACECHARACTERSATALL FORHUNDREDSOFYEARSPEOPLEWROTEWITHOUTUSINGANYPUNCTUATION

Imagine a world with out space characters or spacing between words. Every program would look like it won something in The International Obfuscated C Code Contest! Google and Yahoo would have have to rewrite thier search algorithms because they are all based on "words". The above text can be read more easily if read aloud. Imagine an office where everyone is reading out their emails!

As a child I marveled at the 'Epigraphia Carnatica' that was in our library. A favorite pass-time was to "decipher" the ancient stone inscriptions that were challenging to read. I would look up the symbols in a handbook that mapped the ancient scripts to new text, and try to match the letters. The task was challenging because there was hardly any punctuation present. There might have been a pipe character | separating sentences, but none to separate words!

There is a book on this topic, which says that space was invented in middle ages to facilitate silent reading. Europe invented "space" to match the "zero" from India!
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