Wiki article on SignWriting

Cherie Wren cwterp at YAHOO.COM
Fri May 25 11:01:00 UTC 2007

They are mine, They are tracings of photos of my hand.  When I get the whole set, they will be free for anyone to use, I am making them for Wikipedia.  I have the all of the alphabet, number handshapes, some classifier shapes, there are a few other shapes I still need to get.  These are all ASL of course.  I have them saved on a pdf, so I can use the photo capture feature and just get the one I need at the moment.  I can try to send that to you if you want it.  I couldn't send it to the list the other day, don't know why.  Its 4.19 MB in size for the alphabet minus doubles like U/H, P/K, and G/Q.  


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From: Ingvild Roald <ingvild.roald at STATPED.NO>
To: sw-l at
Cc: sw-l at; Valerie Sutton <signwriting at MAC.COM>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 4:46:45 AM
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Are these drawings free to use, or are they copyrighted by  someone?


sw-l at skrev 23. mai 2007 kl. 01:23 +0000:

It really helps if you attach the attachment...   

For some reason (probably file size?) I couldn't get the pdf document to attach.  Here is a sample from the larger document...  I'm sending it to Val also, in case its too big for the list.


----- Original Message ----

From: Stuart Thiessen <sw at>

To: sw-l at

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? 


Cherie Wren

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[sw-l] Wiki article on SignWriting

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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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