Question regarding face direction symbols

Valerie Sutton dac at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Oct 10 15:49:39 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
October 10, 2007

On Oct 10, 2007, at 5:26 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> Also, I noticed that in the IMWA, the version of symbols like this:  
> and the version of symbols like this:  are actually listed twice.   
> Could I ask why that is? Thanks, Stuart

Hi Stuart -
The IMWA is just a computer thing...a list of a bunch of symbols for  
computer software... it is not the whole writing system, which can be  
written by hand as well as using different computer if  
there is an error in the IMWA, that does not mean that SignWriting  
itself is just means I have to clean up the IMWA!

Having said that, I cannot find any symbol listed twice (see  
attached) except for the fact that some of these symbols mean the  
same thing of course, but because it is a computer program, people  
need to have access to all the possible ways of writing a symbol, so  
I tried to place all the possibilities there in this grid...

But with or without the shoulder line, the Face Direction Line means  
the same the top row of the attached, for example, the  
second and third ones in the top row mean the same thing...and the  
fourth and fifth ones mean the same thing...just two different ways  
of writing it...

I hope this helps - Val ;-)

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