International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA) in finished ; -)

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sun Sep 7 18:55:28 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
September 7, 2008

Hello Stefan and everyone -
Thank you for your kind words below...Yes...I have been working on the  
ISWA for years now, and although we all know it will never be  
"prefect", it is certainly a better symbolset than the IMWA...the  
symbol you ask your question about below didn't even exist in the  

And yes you are right, we are planning all kinds of documentation and  
teaching methods to teach the symbols, including animated GIFs of each  
symbol, and as you say, photos and descriptions...maybe you and others  
would enjoy helping me with some of those? We can talk about that step at a time...;-))

Meanwhile, to answer your question below...That symbol is an "Eye- 
Blink". It is one of several ways to write the eyelid...but I can see  
you found a tiny error on my part...the little arrows that represent  
the opening and closing should be read from the center-out, and so   
the arrows should be flopped for one of the eyes! Great to get your  
discerning feedback, have such a good eye (smile) for  
details - I am not sure if that can be fixed now, because it is  
overwhelming work for Steve to have to re-load the symbols...but I am  
glad you told me and I will put that on a little list of "things to  
fix someday" ;-))

At least you know what is meant here:

Here are the Eye-Blink symbols:

On Sep 7, 2008, at 11:20 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

> 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  -

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