Belgium: Handshape symbols used for searching...

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Mar 30 16:08:20 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
March 30, 2004

Valerie Sutton wrote:
> Group-BaseSymbols are always white palm facing (viewing the palm of
> the hand). All other BaseSymbols are viewed from the side palm facing.
> This helps the person find the symbol they want, because they know, as
> they search, that the Group is represented by a white palm, and the
> symbols under that Group are side view...It makes skimming the list of
> symbols faster...

Where are the Group-BaseSymbols and BaseSymbols used? In several
computer programs.... For SignWriter DOS and SignWriter
Java, they appear at the bottom of the screen, when you type on a
key...(See attached diagram)...

Unfortunately, you will find that the BaseSymbols in the old versions
of the SignWriter Computer Program are inconsistent, since the rule
about BaseSymbols did not exist at the time those old programs were
released in 1995 and 1999...

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