Heel of Hand IS the Flat Hand from another viewpoint

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Fri Dec 15 01:08:06 UTC 2006

Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> :-) That is interesting. Philip and I were feeling the same way. We  
> like the heel where it makes sense. Sometimes a top-view is helpful  
> too.
> Personally, like I mention below, I wonder if there is any reason  
> why we couldn't do this and consider it the same handshape but  
> different symbols as related to the orientations.
> Does this make sense?
> Stuart

Ha! Smile!!! Yes, Stuart, this makes sense.

The Heel of the Hand IS the same symbol as the Flat Hand...it is  
simply the Front View of the Flat Hand that is parallel to the floor.  
It is not a new symbol. It is an OLD symbol that is being re- 
visited...re-born...So this means there are two ways to write the  
Flat Hand parallel to the floor...from the Front View or the Top  
View, and both ways are fine:

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The Flat Hand can be seen from the Front View or the Top View...It is  
not a new symbol or a different symbol...it is just another viewpoint.

The one thing I am going to do is to make it a little more  
rectangular, like it was in the 1980's, so it cannot be confused with  
a fist...

I will try to make those changes tomorrow in the IMWA if I can...but  
that is not a change really...it was my fault for shortening them too  
much when I placed them in the computer...I should have looked at our  
old documents...

So go right ahead and use the Heel of the Hand...it is definitely a  
symbol used by the DAC...I think it is interesting that the Deaf  
people on this List like it...it always felt very real somehow...not  
as hard to write by hand...Val ;-)

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