ANNOUNCING: International SignWriting Alphabet 2008

MARIA AZZOPARDI maria.azzopardi at UM.EDU.MT
Sun Sep 21 11:54:12 UTC 2008

Hi Valerie and Steve,

I've started using the new ISWA in Puddle - it really has improved! Well
done! There is a much wider choice of movement arrows - and I love the way
when you increase the size of the UP/DOWN arrow, the arrow doesn't just
become wider and bigger all over, but has the same width and just
increases in length! I think that's very neat :))

Also is it my immagination, or do the heads fit easily on to one another? 
I used to struggle a little to overlap two head symbols, trying to move
them onto each other until they become just one head symbol, but now they
seem to fit onto each other much easily!

Wow I'm just beginning to realise the amount of work you must have put
into this project!

Thank you very much :))


> This is great,
> I loook forward to begin working with it
> (Too busy just now, but in a couple of weeks ...)
> Thank you for all your great effort,
> Ingvild
> From: sutton at
> To: sw-l at
> Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 13:17:28 -0700
> Subject: [sw-l] ANNOUNCING: International SignWriting Alphabet 2008
> SignWriting List
> September 19, 2008
> Dear SignWriting List:
> Although we have much work ahead, I am happy to announce the Release
> Candidate 1 for the International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA 2008).
> Yesterday, September 18th, we installed the ISWA 2008 into SignPuddle 1.5,
> without any problems. The conversion from the old IMWA to the new ISWA was
> automatic and flawless. THANK YOU, to Steve Slevinski, for his outstanding
> conversion software.
> (By the way, the problem that Stefan pointed out was related to something
> else entirely from long ago, and was not connected to the ISWA conversion
> process which Steve Slevinski designed.)
> Now that you all can use the ISWA 2008 in SignPuddle 1.5, we will have a
> formal review of the ISWA 2008 from September 20, 2008 through October 20,
> 2008.
> After the review, we will decide if additional changes are needed or if
> the ISWA 2008 is final and complete.
> Once the ISWA 2008 is finalized after October 20, 2008, no further changes
> will be made to the ISWA 2008 symbolset.
> In the future, there may be an ISWA 2010 or an ISWA 2012, but the ISWA
> 2008 symbolset will remain the same after October 20th.
> So please enjoy testing and using the ISWA 2008 in SignPuddle. If you have
> any suggestions, please tell us in the next month, here on the SignWriting
> List.
> We always look forward to hearing from you!
> More information is coming next message...
> Val ;-)
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