Group descriptions

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Thu Aug 21 14:26:50 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
August 21, 2008

Hello Ingvild!
It is so great to be in touch again. I hope you have had a great  
summer....I have! ;-))

And yes, of course, when the new ISWA is released officially it will  
be accompanied by instruction. I am writing several manuals on the  
ISWA, including some new web areas. They are only partially done. That  
is what Jonathan was referring to....he found this web area:

SignWriting Symbol Lessons
International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA

As you can see, Adam Frost is creating some wonderful animated GIFs  
that show the symbol side by side with the photograph of the  
handshape, moving from palm facing to palm facing...

But we have barely started...and the actual ISWA will not be released  
for at least a when that times comes I hope to be prepared  
with the documents to support it...

I am also doing a re-design of SymbolBank for the ISWA:


And I would feel very fortunate indeed if you have the time to  
translate the materials into Norwegian...We could even create some  
Norwegian web areas that mirror the English one...

So there is work ahead of us...But one thing that is good...the ISWA  
is an improvement over the IMWA...and I suspect we will be using the  
ISWA in a stable fashion for decades to the instruction  
materials we create will really be used over a long period of time...

Thanks for your unending support -

Val ;-)


On Aug 21, 2008, at 2:50 AM, Ingvild Roald wrote:

> Such descriptions would be useful. Then may there be a option for us  
> to translate the descriptions into other languages than English?  We  
> of other countries would do his work, of course
> Ingvild
> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:13:39 +0200
> From: duncanjonathan at
> To: sw-l at
> Subject: [sw-l] Group descriptions
> Hi Val,
>     I was wondering if the descriptions for the groups in the  
> ISWA-2008 are available anywhere on the website yet.  I have been  
> looking for it but only found
> but it doesn't have the descriptions and 
>  but it isn´t complete for all of the groups in the ISWA just the  
> first ones.
> I am looking for something like
> 01-01-001-01  Index Tight Fist
> 01-01-002-01 Index Open Fist
> 01-01-003-01 Index Cup Base
> But for all of the groups.
> I understand that you are still putting the last touches to the ISWA  
> and want to let you know that I am very grateful for all the hard  
> work you and Steve have put into the symbols,  I was looking at them  
> the other day as I imported the ones that had come with the SWIS  
> into my program and I like them a lot better than the IMWA.  I'm  
> that they will contribute to easier reading.
> If there is anything I can do to help with getting the group  
> descriptions together, let me know.
> Jonathan
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