ISWA 2010 will be installed into new software...

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Thu Apr 1 17:08:56 UTC 2010

SignWriting List
April 1, 2010

Steve -
I just want to say THANK YOU for this truly amazing work. You have been working like a house-a-fire, developing so many new tools for us that it makes my head dizzy!

And I am so grateful to you, to give me the opportunity to work with you on updating the ISWA 2008, to become the ISWA 2010...I am very fortunate to be able to share this new symbolset with the world so quickly...

I submitted the ISWA 2010 to Steve on Monday, and it is now only Thursday and it is starting to be analyzed by!

In a day or so, I will post a message to the List documenting what some of the changes and improvements and additions are to the ISWA 2010.

Eleven new handshapes were added, because of user's requests, and I added more "pieces" for the Movement Symbols, so more unique Movement Symbols can be built, when writing Deaf storytelling, and other improvements...such as a few more tiny contact symbols for Facial Expression Movement, and so forth...

Thanks again, Steve, for all that you do... and I too am very proud of the work we have done together...

And thank you to the SignWriting List for your questions and suggestions over the years -

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at


On Apr 1, 2010, at 8:58 AM, Steve Slevinski wrote:

In 2008, we release the ISWA 2008.   A great symbol set.  I defined BSW using the ISWA 2008.

Well, the second week in March, I asked Val if we could refactor the ISWA.  I had several small but significant change requests.  She agreed to most and mentioned several of her own.  The ISWA 2010 symbols were finalized March 29 and the BaseSymbol names were finalized the next day.

The ISWA 2010 is the greatest SignWriting symbol set ever!  I'm really proud of the work we've done.  The new ISWA HTML Reference is ready to read, download and translate.

To translate the reference guide, you'll need to download the internationalization files:

Simply translate the 2 enclosed files in any text editor and send the new files back to me.  I'll be able to use the translated files to create  the ISWA 2010 HTML Reference in the submitted language.

I have also created a MySQL database creation script for the ISWA 2010.  It creates 3 tables: symbolgroups, basesymbols, and symbols.  It includes detailed information and the symbol images.  I may release a database version of the SignWriting Image Server.  I'm curious about the performance differences I'll find.

The BSW that you thought was invalid was really BSW 2010.  I will be migrating SignPuddle to the ISWA 2010 shortly so I was testing my conversion.  The conversion is working 100% as far as I can tell.  You can read about the conversion online or download the PHP files.

There is an example conversion page that is very useful.  You can convert symbol names from the ISWA 2008 to the ISWA 2010.  You can convert a build string using the ISWA 2008 to BSW 2010.  You can convert BSW 2008 to BSW 2010.

Currently, the view button uses BSW 2008 and the analyze button uses BSW 2010.  Both links should work.  I've updated the Binary SignWriting HTML Reference to use the ISWA 2010.  You can read online or download.

I'm currently working on the SignWriting Image Server 2010.  I'm almost finished and should be releasing it soon.

Thanks for your patience.  Let me know if there's anything else you need.



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