Handshape available?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Feb 28 18:18:32 UTC 2011

SignWriting List
February 28, 2011

Hello Natasha, Steve and List Members!

My guest, who is a SignWriting user, just left after staying overnight here. We had such a terrific time in the past 24 hours, discussing SignWriting and so many things, and I am now trying to absorb all the wonderful things we discussed...

And I am happy to teach you how to construct new handshapes in SignWriting, using either the ISWA 2008 or 2010. It is the same, no matter what, because the feature of constructing handshapes is built into the SignWriting system, and also built into SignPuddle software.

It is always best to use the "officially pre-constructed handshapes" whenever possible, obviously, for a variety of reasons. With the "official symbols" you can sort the dictionaries by handshape more accurately, and search for signs that use that handshape, and so forth...

But sometimes it is necessary to construct an unusual handshape that is not "officially constructed" in the ISWA 2008 or ISWA 2010...that will happen from time to time...it cannot be avoided...so we set up a way to do that...

So let me start by teaching you how to construct a handshape in SignPuddle software first, and then I can also share with you the theories behind the "pieces" that make up a handshape... You probably already know the "theories behind handshape construction", so learning the software is the most important...

See next message for the document...it may take me an hour to prepare this document, but then I will post the document on the web and on the List, for others to use...

Thank you for the question, Natasha!

Val ;-)


On Feb 28, 2011, at 4:22 AM, Natasha Escalada-Westland wrote:

> Where is that?  I'm not sure how to bring up the page you've sent me a copy of.
> Thanks,
> Natasha


On Feb 28, 2011, at 6:08 AM, Natasha Escalada-Westland wrote:

> Thanks!  Val, could you post how to find the page you attached (ISWA 
> 2010)?  I don't see it where I would normally build signs. I am using SignMaker 
> in the SignPuddle dictionary.
> Thanks,
> Natasha

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