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Sat May 12 17:45:24 UTC 2007
May 12, 2007
Steve Slevinski wrote:
> Do we need to have the mouth shapes include the head outline?
> Perhaps we could have the mouth shapes by themselves.
> Can we have larger head shapes? Bigger circles and ovals. That
> way we could build more complicated facial expressions without
> worrying about overlap and space limitations.
Hello Steve, Stefan, Sandy, Charles, Adam and everyone -
This is such a good question...
Here are my thoughts on all of it:
1. Writing vertically and horizontally for BOTH fingerspelling and
Facial Expressions inside vertical columns...
We need a way to type or write vertically, and also horizontally,
depending on the writer's choice...inside an already-vertical
document...(good grief!) That sounds like a terrible job for
programming, but that is what is needed someday... Most people will
write fingerspelling vertically I believe, when they are writing
sentences vertically...it flows with the vertical writing as Sandy
mentioned...but sometimes it will involve three vertical columns of
fingerspelling inside one vertical column of SignWriting (see
attached)... The facial expressions are harder to know yet, because
we do not have as much experience...but an ability to write in either
direction would be great in the long run...
2. I will be happy to place the symbols inside the Facial Expression
circles, as separate symbols outside a facial circle...in the
ISWA...then all the symbols inside the face can be written inside a
circle or outside a circle...depending on the writer's choice...
3. Larger Facial Circles versus proper size-ratio with other symbols
Larger Facial Circles are certainly needed to give us all the
information.... The symbols we are using today have a Facial Circle
that is related in proper size ratio to the size of the handshapes,
So enlarging the Facial Circle would look like a person has a swelled
head - ha!! The heads would be bigger than the other symbols...But
let's play with that idea...
I do not believe we will ever have a Facial Circle large enough to
accomodate all the parts of the face at one time...but there may be
solutions we can work on...
That is why the new ISWA is so important...this is quite a challenge
but a wonderful one!
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