On Thu, 03 Aug 2000 02:52:35 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Ritter) wrote, in part:
>American Morse was only partly like that: Some characters (e.g., C, >O, R, Y, Z) had a longer spacing mid-character. > > "In Europe, an Austrian, Frederick Gerke, developed a variation >of the Morse code that was adopted there. Many of the letters are the >same in both codes. However, Gerke simplified the code by using only >one space length and only two pulse lengths ('dits' and 'dahs'). >Gerke's code was easier to learn than Morse's, but it was somewhat >slower. One interesting character is the letter 'O,' which is three >dahs in Gerke's code. This is much longer than Morse's O, which is a >pair of dits. Morse made O short because O is the fourth most common >letter in English. However, in German, O is an uncommon letter, >ranking only 16th, and for this reason was made long."
>Rutledge, D. 1999. The Electronics of Radio. Cambridge University >Press. p. 308.
I had been looking for a reference that named whoever was responsible for "Continental Morse", but could never find one! Thank you for supplying this little tidbit of information...now, Morse joins Uedemann and Baudot, as pioneering inventors, and Gerke joins Gringmuth and Murray as those whose modifications bear the names of the original inventors.