Category for the toolbox symbols? And some thoughts.
d.noelpp at GMX.CH
Thu Jan 15 16:33:31 UTC 2004
I liked your announcement about IMWA. Of course I will take the time to
have a look at the PDF documents soon. And of course I would like to
implement the keyboard for IMWA and maybe (after SignWriter has been
released) a keyboard edior like for the SignWriter DOS. Now the keys
are configured by program-readable text files.
Development is slowly but steadily progressing. Günel is at my home
every Monday and Tuesday, my brother an evening a week and every Sunday
(he has another job and he is sudying as well). Both tell me that they
learn a lot but they still are a bit overwhelmed. I hope that they can
help me debugging (a tedious work). It is an exchange: they have to do
some boring work but they can learn, too.
A small question about the toolbox (the separate finger and arm lines).
I would like to put them into a Category with two groups (one for the
fingers, one for the arms). Do you have an idea as for the Category
number for the toolbox symbols?
I hope this was not a stupid question. :-)
And another subject. I have been thinking about how you might feel or
think about the symbols. You wrote once that you didn't care whether
the symbols flop or not, for example. I got a picture how the different
groups of people have requests and wishes to you. There are the
teachers and their children, then the linguists and finally the
programmers. :-) And all they have big and difficult requests to you.
:-) And these request sometimes even contradict each other... A
difficult situation -- I hope I have understood your situation.
I think the power of SignWriting stems from it not being academic.
Children, for example, don't ask about linguistic issues or whether a
symbol rotates or not. They just use them. SignWriting makes it easy to
think as a human. So it is difficult to capture SignWriting into a
computer, to categorize it, etc. I wonder that you were able to do this
second step after designing the symbols.
It is like growing a plant. If you cut it too early it won't grow very
well. You have to let it grow first but after some time there are
requests or wishes to the plant and of course sometimes it hurts to cut
or bend branches... And if one does too much refining the plant loses
its power and even if it might be straight and pretty for the moment,
soon it will be wilting...
I think SignWriting is like a strong, robust and beautiful tree.
I hope my thoughts were to the point.
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