> i am so pleased that english had the good sense not to use diacrits
> (unless you consider the dot on i and j to be diacrits).
> But in english you have 4 or 5 alternative ways to put any sound in
> the spoken language into writing instead. So getting rid of one
> complexity just introduces another.
FWIW, Turkish has neither diacritics nor multiple ways of
representing different sounds (which latter characteristic makes it a
perfect, although unlikely, candidate for computer speech synthesis).
However (despite having a smaller character set than English), it
relies on diacritics to differentiate several characters - and
unfortunately these just happen to be combinations that are not
composited in the standard font formats.