[sw-l] Punctuation Symbols in Vertical Columns...Underlining Proper Nouns

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Jun 2 21:17:01 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
June 2, 2005

  Bill Reese wrote:
> Does punctuation have to be sideways when doing columns?  Nothing
> else seems to be turned that way.  In English an exclamation mark
> is still vertical if written this way:
> "Hey!"
> or this way:
> H
> e
> y
> !


Ha! This is cute, Bill, to see the exclamation point at the end of a
vertical writing of English. But English is not written vertically
really...only for fun in your example. I do not know how other
writing systems, such as Chinese, do their punctuation, when they
write vertically. But in SignWriting we have these Punctuation
Symbols, that rotate depending on the direction of writing...

Stefan and James -
Take a look at the attached diagram...These are symbols already in
SignMaker in the IMWA. See the thin line that is in the 5th column?
Could we use that thin line for the underlining of proper nouns? That
is a longer and thinner line than what you have been using in the
past, so if that is not good, just tell me, and I will try to add
another line until we find what works for you...I want you to be
happy....I am sure the underlining is very useful for your
students....Val ;-)

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