12480 was designed in 2002 by Bradley Tetzlaff from Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA.
It was invented for both use in a computer game named Ecclemony (1E78) and
as a basis for constructed languages. It was also designed to show how a
true alphanumeric* writing system looks and works.
12480 is not based upon phonemes, but rather
upon binary. It achieves complete universality with an optimal amount
of applications from its binary basis. A writing system based on phonemes
will only last as long as the human voice is used. 12480's binary foundation
will last as long as numbers exist.
* "Alphanumeric" is used here to describe the combination
of an alphabet and a numeral system.
12480 is composed of various scripts, each of which could be considered
a separate writing system on their own. Each script has its own specialities
Each script is used to represent either a word or a number by default.
to see a list of what each script's default is.
Each alphanumeric has both a consonant and a vowel assigned to it.
They can be used interchangeably except for the initial phoneme--An
initial consonant represents a word and an initial vowel represents
The punctuation is limited to break symbols, grouping symbols, and
radix indicators, but it may be extended in future versions.
Words are typically separated with a circle instead of a space.
A space is used to group symbols in radixes lower than 16 into hexadecimal
12480 is usually written from top to bottom and from left to right.
A baseline underline is used to show how the text is oriented.
Used to write
Binary (radix 2), quadnary (radix 4), hexadecimal (radix 16), radix
256, and all other numeral systems based on a power of two. Anything
that can be expressed with a numeric value can be written using 12480.