I wrote this using my “workaround” method, which lays out the text and lets the researcher change letter values at will to look for sensible text. It does not require the usage of the encoding/decoding method.
The letter values are “Set 4”, used in the paragraph text. Sets 1 – 3 are used in the labels.
Here is the text in the workaround format:
I would be very interested in hearing what others think. Thank you.
I have added letter frequencies as a new second row, plus an explanation for each row.
This table conforms to the rules discovered by others. I think the new data is telling; note the pattern created with the letter arrangement. It is a clue to the letter values and the arrangement of the plaintext letters.
Thanks to Rich SantaColoma’s recent release of a pre-chemical photo of folio f1r, I’ve been able to add a bit more to the letter column file. This seems to be about it as far as what is visible.
The letters for A and S match my Set 1 values for the labels.
In my label work I have found there are three sets of values for the labels, but none work on the regular text.
Below are the values for what I have designated as Set 1. These were the first I had luck with on f68r3, and as can be seen, are not complete. Set 2 is completed, but Set 3 still has 5 values missing.
Note that “4o” can have a value of “AL”, the beginning of many star names, and that EVA iiin is “IUM”, a common Latin ending.
As has been determined by others, it is not a simple substitution. The multiple values for some letters follows Philip Neal’s work. My reasoning is: if the Voynich letters are interchangeable, the plaintext values should be as well. This raises the “degrees of freedom”, but I will address that later.
I have, at this writing, nearly 100 labels cracked. So far, star labels are star names, many archaic (as might be expected). On f67r2 the twelve words under the moons are country names, eight of which no longer exist.
Here is my version of the letter-set for the Voynich alphabet. The layout follows Mike Roe’s Generic Word.
As I will discuss later, the values turn out to be the 20-letter Latin alphabet, plus “k”. EVA q is a special case. The so-called ‘platform gallows’ are combined letter values, as are those with #15 and #16 attached.
I have also determined which ones might be used as numbers, but so far have not found any examples.