True, SignWriting is not a computer program... and new book!

Kimberley A. Shaw kshaw at WELLESLEY.EDU
Tue Aug 8 12:53:32 UTC 2006

Hello all:
I feel so retro now! I love what computers can do to make it easier to
publish SignWritten documents ... but I do enjoy writing it by hand as
well, and would love to see more calligraphers jump on board and see what
*they* can offer this writing system.
Am just back from spending two weeks immersing in ASL at Gallaudet
University, where I kept a handwritten SignWritten journal -- in ink, no
less, using my favorite instrument for SignWriting thus far -- a Chinese
calligraphy brush.

And on a related note,
I am pleased to announce the release of "ASL Story Book", of which a few
copies have already sold on the Gallaudet campus!
It contains 9 different stories/poems, by different authors, some from the
SignWriting site, some brand-new texts, and some transcribed from
interesting older sources.
The cost is $18, which includes postage; please contact me at
"skifoot at" if you would like to buy one.
Kim from Boston

sw-l at on Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 12:02 PM -0500
>SignWriting List
>July 30, 3006
>Dear SW List, Stefan and Everyone!
>SignWriting is not a computer program! There may be 100 computer programs
>in the future, for creating SignWriting documents, email and so
>forth...but no matter what computer program you use...SignWriting is
>still a writing system that is written by hand and by computer, with
>several computer programs.
>Before the year 2000 I had trouble encouraging SignWriting users to use a
>computer to type SignWriting. The old SignWriting users from the 1980s
>wrote by hand only, and it was very hard to encourage them to gain
>computer skills at the time.
>Now it has reversed. The new SignWriting users of the late 1990's and
>2000's, are dependent on computers and have not become used to writing by

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