Report from Val's Desk ;-)
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Dec 7 16:27:51 UTC 2005
December 7, 2005
Dear SW List Members!
I imagine that all of you are busy and happy preparing for all the
festivities in December. What a month! It is wonderful month though,
to celebrate so many different days...
I have fallen behind in my work on adding symbols to the IMWA. The
reason I have not started the SignBank lessons, is because it is a
good idea to have the IMWA symbols as stable as possible, so that
both SignBank and SignPuddle are consistent and work together well.
Earlier this month, Carmen in German-Switzerland was working on a big
project. They are using SignWriting on a CD, and they have used
SignPuddle to create the signs for that CD. So they have a huge
amount of signs (over 4000), and Carmen added the signs herself, one
by one. In the process, Carmen found that some of the Movement
Symbols were missing from the IMWA...I always knew that the Movement
Symbols needed to be finished, but I never finished adding all of
them to the IMWA...So thank you, Carmen, for pointing out to me, how
necessary some of them are!
So I postponed posting a new SignBank until those symbols are added,
plus the Norwegian mouth movements and the new handshapes from
Belgium...all those have to be added to the IMWA...and with the
holidays upon us, I have not finished adding those new symbols
yet...which means I have not posted the new SignBank yet!
So I have a question for all of you...Would it be ok with you that we
start the SignBank-SignPuddle lessons in January? That will give me
the month of December to finish the new version of the IMWA with less
stress and pressure. And in the long run, it is better for all of
you, because you do not want to get going with SignBank, only to find
that you are missing the symbols you need to sort by SSS...
So what are your schedules like? Anyone have deadlines? smile...When
is a good time for you to learn to use SignBank, with SignPuddle? Is
January ok with you?
And two side notes...
1. Nana in the Philippines...smile...I will send you a SignBank CD
when this new version is done, but it is not done yet...Sorry for the
2. Mark, regarding the skateboarding notation...I need to place the
new symbols for the skateboard, in the IMWA (the International
Movement Writing Alphabet). Once the skateboard symbols are in the
symbol-set, then we can create the notation diagrams better for your
work...that is why there is a delay in my finishing your
notation...because I am placing the symbols we need into a big folder
of new symbols, and then they have to be officially placed on the web
in SignPuddle, so we can then create notations quickly...so I need
the month of December to complete all these symbols, for BOTH Sign
Language and skateboarding...and then things will be moving faster in
Sutton at SignWriting.org
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