ANNOUNCING: International SignWriting Alphabet 2008
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Sep 26 16:50:55 UTC 2008
September 26, 2008
Hello Jonathan and Everyone!
Thank you for this message and for your kind words. Steve did an
amazing job with the automatic conversion. People are writing full
documents with the ISWA 2008 in the past week, since we converted over
to the ISWA, without a problem, as if it was always there for them. I
am very glad that we installed the ISWA into the current version of
SignPuddle 1.5, so that we will be using the same ISWA for both the
current software, and the new 2.0 version later...
Actually I am planning to write a Third Edition of the Lessons in
SignWriting Textbook, that will coordinate with the ISWA 2008 symbols.
I know it is needed, but I haven't started that project yet.
Adam Frost just completed the animated GIFs for Group 1: Index Finger,
but I still need to post those new animated GIFs. Thank you, Adam!
Regarding Group 6: Baby Finger, which you mention below, Jonathan...
Group 6 was always called Baby Finger...for at least a decade, so you
just didn't realize before. But I can totally understand your point
about so many unusual handshapes grouped together in Group 6...
Group 6 technically has many "sub-groups". The human hand has so many
potential positions, and we were trying to just have 10 groups of
hands in total...so Group 6 is the umbrella for several handshape
configurations...all involving the Baby Finger in some way...
I will be happy to explain this better next message...
Thanks for writing -
On Sep 26, 2008, at 6:41 AM, Jonathan wrote:
> Hi Val,
> Congratulations on the new ISWA 2008!!! :-)
> This is certainly good news. Nice to see that we have finally
> arrived at the point of starting to use the ISWA 2008!!!! :-)
> I was also surprised that see that you made modifications just
> recently to the ISWA and already have most of the documentation
> ready!! Wow!!! :-)
> Also that you are doing things in steps to make sure it works right
> and fine tune any more symbols before it´s definitely finished. That
> ´s great!!!
> I have just been looking over some of the documentation
> yesterday morning before I got back to transcription. The
> information is very interesting and chuck full of love.
> I like the descriptions you put on the Category one groups.
> They are clearer. I used to find it hard to figure out why the "i"
> hand would be under group 6 as the thumb is not part of the "i"
> hand. I used to have the same problem with the "y" hand because the
> thumb and baby finger weren't touching and I was failling to see why
> I should find them in group 6. But with group six being the "Baby
> Finger" group it is much clearer.
> Thanks once again for ISWA 2008
> Valerie Sutton wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> September 19, 2008
>> ANNOUNCING Release Candidate 1
>> International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA 2008)
>> Free to use under the
>> SIL Open Font License (OFL)
>> The ISWA 2008 was installed into SignPuddle Online on
>> September 18, 2008, to be tested before final release in 1 month.
>> To test the ISWA 2008, use SignPuddle Online:
>> SignPuddle Online
>> Your feedback is welcome!
>> Also, the ISWA 2008 is posted here:
>> SymbolBank Archive: ISWA 2008
>> Search ISWA Database Online
>> SignWriting Image Server, SWIS Beta 4
>> ISWA 2008 Reference Manual & Links
>> Download ISWA Symbols in PNG Format in Folders
>> ISWA Symbol Lessons (under construction)
>> Val ;-)
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