SW Handwriting Course Lesson 1 Posted!

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Tue Jan 9 18:03:17 UTC 2007

Hi Stuart -
I like the finger gap a lot! It is like dotting an "i" in English....  
and is read well, as far as we can tell... and it fits so well with  
what other people know already...

Maybe you would prefer the Shorthand which does not write any palm  
facing or any squares or circles...but has one symbol for one  
handshape and that is all...the reader has to assume knowledge of the  
language to know the palm facing already...

So maybe writing the hand parallel to the floor is too much detail  
anyway for handwriting...just use the Front View symbols and assume  
some knowledge of the signs...

I will show you what I mean later...

I have to print books for Cherie now, so I am going to take the rest  
of the day to do that...

Val ;-)


On Jan 9, 2007, at 9:24 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:

> I am wondering though if there would be a way to distinguish the  
> floor handshapes without the finger gap (at least where it is  
> individual fingers. In printing, I don't have a problem with the  
> gap because the computer takes care of writing the symbol. But, I  
> think that it is easier to miswrite the finger gap when  
> handwriting. Just thinking about when we are doing quick writing or  
> notes in a class. it seems to me that we would want to have the  
> symbol be distinguishable enough that we don't have to worry about  
> the finger accidentally looking connected or something. Just a  
> thought.
> Stuart
> On Jan 8, 2007, at 22:22, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> January 8, 2007
>> Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>>> I worked on it as well during my lunch hour today. I did have one  
>>> question on page 5 of the PDF, and the second sign down. For the  
>>> index handshape there, I don't recall seeing that in your list of  
>>> handwriting shapes that you taught in this lesson. I wondered if  
>>> we should substitute a different sign or if you planned to show  
>>> that one but forgot. (I understand how that can happen.)
>> Hello Stuart!
>> Thanks for this feedback. You are right. It should have been there  
>> in that lesson. I didn't really forget, but because it was so late  
>> at night, and I was so tired, I thought maybe it would be obvious  
>> that it was the same as the Printing...so I left it out. Now I see  
>> it confused lots of people so that was the wrong call...
>> So I will be posting this shortly...it is not on the web yet...  
>> but here is an explanation...
>> <IndexFinger.png>

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