AW: [sw-l] International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA) in finished ; -)

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Sun Sep 7 18:20:11 UTC 2008

Hello Valerie, and sw-listers


wow what an excellent achievement. You must be so proud of your "baby" -
smile - I bet that not too many people can estimate how much of your time,
energy, creativity, knowledge and discipline has been necessary to
accomplish this vision. 


The good point is that know all over the world people can refer to symbols
in order to describe any given SL performance. 


What will be helpfull in the long run is a 1 to 1 graphic - foto or
description to symbol. I felt so excited and I looked at all the pages and
symbols in the document you shared for download. 


Just allow one funny comment - can you perform this eye-movement opening and
closing alternating ? – smile  - 



I created a special “Thank you”  - greeting card keeping in mind that
September 4th has been a “beautiful day” 


All the best 


Stefan ;-)



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Von: sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 4. September 2008 22:39
An: SignWriting List
Betreff: [sw-l] International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA) in finished ; -)


SignWriting List

September 4, 2008


Dear SignWriting List:


Today, Sept. 4, 2008, I finalized the International SignWriting  

Alphabet (ISWA 2008).


It has been a labor of love on my part for several years, and all this  

year, in 2008, I have been working on it steadily. There are so many  

variations of sizes and nuances of symbols when writing SignWriting by  

hand, and it has been difficult, to capture all of those nuances in  

computers all these years. The ISWA is our best attempt to date.


Although there can always be another handshape here and there, needed  

at a later date, generally I feel that the ISWA 2008 is a far better  

symbolset that the currently used IMWA, and I am so happy that shortly  

the ISWA will be available for use.


Right now, Steve is still developing the new software. I completed the  

ISWA at 2:00 this morning. Steve will help me check it for any  

conversion issues, although I doubt there will be any problems, since  

it has been converting beautifully all along...


Now I am writing documentation teaching the ISWA. Attached is Chapter  

2 from the new ISWA Manual I am writing now, which has not been posted  

on the web yet.


Chapter 2 shows the 30 Symbol Groups of the ISWA (the visual mapping):


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