Wiki article on SignWriting

Cherie Wren cwterp at YAHOO.COM
Tue May 22 23:14:10 UTC 2007

OK, I have no idea what Gimp is...  I took the photos I had and traced them into ... not exactly line drawings, but simpler than photos...  I have a list of about 7 handshapes that I don't have pictures of, I will work on that next...  but here is the first batch.  


----- Original Message ----
From: Stuart Thiessen <sw at>
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Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 2:54:42 PM
Subject: Re: [sw-l] Wiki article on SignWriting

I think this is an excellent type of resource. I think it will help many people jump between the hand and the symbol. 

My thoughts (perhaps common sense but worth mentioning maybe):

1) Make sure the palm facing and the handshape symbol are identical. I didn't have time this morning to really view all the handshapes to check this, but I was impressed by it. :)

2) I think line drawings are better because there is much less peripheral information to distract the viewer (jewelry, watches, clothes, scratches, fingernails, etc.) I do have a document I wrote up on how to use Gimp to do some very basic linedrawing work. It isn't perfect like an illustration, but if you give yourself a good background, it should work pretty well for this purpose. I could email that to you, Cherie, if you want.



On May 21, 2007, at 9:41, CWren at wrote:

I have photos of all the manual alphabet handshapes, and some classifiers...  Do you think line drawings would be easier, or photos? 

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SignWriting List
 May 21, 2007
 CWren at wrote:
 > This is the picture I was thinking of, but its using the stokoe  
 > handshapes from this picture    Which I still have no idea where it  
 > came form.  So although I think they would be great information for  
 > the SW article, I have no way to determine the license for the  
 > picture of Stokoe's handshapes.
 This is a wonderful chart, Cherie!
 I have never seen this before that I remember...but I like it!!
 I can send you the illustrations that we own the copyrights to, and  
 you could replace the illustrations one by one...If you have time to  
 do that, tell me, and I will start sending them to you...I may not  
 have all of them, but you could always take photos of your own hands  
 too...I have some hand photos as well, of my nephew's hands...
 Once the illustrations are replaced, then I hope when you post it,  
 that you will give it the most open and free license  
 possible...copyright free....I want everyone to use SignWriting, and  
 diagrams related to it, freely with no restrictions...
 I feel frustrated when people think a writing system would be  
 restricted from use...nothing can be farther from the truth...
 We can place this new chart on our SignWriting site as well as  
 Wikipedia...I know it will be useful to people, as it was to you ....
 Many thanks for all you are doing, Cherie...
 Val ;-)

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