ISWA 2008 Final & the PersonalPuddle

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Oct 21 16:13:26 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
October 21, 2008

Hello SignWriting List!

And thank you Steve, for your message below. Thank you for the kind  
words. And thank you for collaborating with me, to make this historic  
moment possible.

There are two big announcements today.

FIRST...The International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA 2008) is official!

The ISWA became the official symbolset for SignWriting around the  
world, yesterday, October 20, 2008!

The ISWA is now installed in all SignPuddle software products. I will  
be reviewing all the SignPuddle products here on the SignWriting List  
over the next few days...

The free online version of SignPuddle is used daily by hundreds of  
sign language users.

When you use SignPuddle Online, you are using the ISWA 2008 symbols:

SignPuddle Online

Most of you may not realize that you are using the ISWA, but you are.  
Whenever you use SignPuddle Online, it is there for you, in SignMaker  
and SignText.

The ISWA is the culmination of my 35 years developing SignWriting. As  
you know, the first SignWriting document ever written was in 1974 at  
the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. SignWriting became my life's  
work from that moment on, and will be for the rest of my life.

Without all of the wonderful SignWriting users around the world, of  
course SignWriting could not be what it is THANK YOU to  
all of you, for your feedback and your use of the writing  
system...Your input has made the ISWA 2008 possible too.

I hope my gift of the ISWA to the world will be useful for generations  
to come...

I will announce the second announcement next is new  
software for your desktop, called the PersonalPuddle.

Thank you once again, Steve, for your remarkable software that made  
the ISWA 2008 official!

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at


On Oct 21, 2008, at 8:33 AM, Steve Slevinski wrote:

> Hi list,
> The review period for the ISWA 2008 ended successfully yesterday.   
> Valerie will be announcing that the ISWA is final, as in finally  
> done and finished.  There has been a lot of work on this latest  
> symbol set.  I'm proud of the work that we've done together.
> This could be the final symbol set for SignWriting.  If not forever,  
> then at least the next few years.  With the new character encoding  
> model, this may be the symbol set that will be used with Unicode,  
> but that's a different story.
> SignPuddle Online already uses the ISWA 2008.  Just last week I  
> finished a new desktop version of the PocketPuddle called the  
> PersonalPuddle for Windows and Mac.  The installation has been  
> greatly simplified: just unzip and start the application.  It works  
> the same as SignPuddle Online, except it doesn't require an Internet  
> connection.  With the new SignPuddle export function, it is possible  
> to get a local copy of any of the online puddles to use offline at  
> any time.
> The PersonalPuddle is available for $100, the same price as the  
> PocketPuddle.  Except for the rest of this month, the price has been  
> cut in half to $50 to celebrate the release of the ISWA 2008 Final.
> For the PocketPuddle users, they will be offered the PersonalPuddle  
> at not cost.  They can contact me directly if they would like help  
> converting their existing IMWA data over to the ISWA.
> I am finishing the IMWA Conversion document and code.  It will be  
> ready in the next couple of days.
> Let's all congratulate Valerie on her amazing work.  This is a  
> historic day and I'm glad I was a part.
> Regards,
> -Steve


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