AW: AW: [sw-l] Vatican requested 10 SignWriting books...Gospel John in ASL

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Mon Nov 16 16:49:44 UTC 2009

This is a very beautiful document, Stefan!

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Thank you for sharing this with us...I am not sure how to get this to  
the right people at the Vatican...I will write to Maria to ask her...

And I want you to know that I think writing from left to right, in the  
old way we used to do it, before Deaf people requested writing in  
vertical columns, is fine! You have done a beautiful job with this  
document, written from left to right...and I love it!

You mentioned to me that you still write from left to right, and that  
is fine...

I was only trying to explain why we are creating software in  
SignPuddle to write in vertical columns with lanes...because Deaf  
native signers who were skilled at writing SignWriting from left to  
right, requested that we change to writing in vertical columns. It was  
a big change for me too....and at first almost all the hearing people  
complained, but it has worked miracles with understanding for readers  
to read lanes in vertical columns, and that is why i am thankful and  
grateful to our Deaf friends for making this clear to one is  
trying to force anyone to do anything, but when I personally create  
documents, they will be in vertical columns for a reason, because it  
was requested from members of the Deaf Community...

Meanwhile, go right ahead, everyone, and write in any direction that  
feels good for you...just remember the reason why we are writing in  
vertical was a request from the users who are native to  
sign languages...

I can easily read from left to right too...I have also seen documents  
written in circles...really! - it was a poem in Spanish Sign all directions of writing are easily read...

Val ;-)


On Nov 16, 2009, at 8:37 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

> Hi Valerie, sw-list friends
> attached you find a document "Vater unser"  which I prepared for a
> publication in "Das Zeichen" some time ago. The first page gives some
> explanations on how to read the first signs .. .
> Perhaps you can add it the PDF collection as well?
> Thank you
> Stefan ;-)

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