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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu May 27, 1999  2:45 am
Subject:  Re: New SignWriter Features?

Wayne Smith wrote:
> 2. I've found about 7-8 handshapes in TSL which I don't see among the
>preset handshapes. I've been able to create about 4-5 of them by playing
>around with preexisting handshapes and adding fingers using the little marks
>on the - key. I'll send those later, with photographs of each one.

There is no problem with new handshapes. I just need to be informed. I am
the person who adds the new symbols to SignWriter 5.0, so send them to me
and I will be happy to add them. Photos are the best, since they usually
are the clearest, but life-like illustrations are good too. And thanks,
Wayne, for sending me photos - they are great!

I also noticed a new handshape in Colombian Sign Language we do not have.
If any other countries want to send me your list, please do!

> 3. TSL has a frequently used movement which SW lacks a symbol for: a
>sequential closing of the fingers over the thumb from the knuckle, beginning
>with the index finger.

We do have this symbol, Wayne, and people from Brazil have been soooooo
patient with me. I promised to post instruction on the symbol long ago, and
then I got too busy! I am sorry for that, of course, but it will happen one
of these days. And you will be able to "construct it" with a combination of
other symbols on the SignWriter 4.3 keyboard. Then in SignWriter 5.0, it
will become a "symbol in its own right".

I will be presenting both a simplified version of sequential finger
movements used in Spain, and a more detailed version that gives information
on which finger starts the movement etc. I will announce the posting when
it is ready.

> 4. TSL also has lots of "character signs" which are either wholly or
>partially based on the shape of a particular Chinese character. Is there a
>way to show which of several movement segments goes first, which comes next,

Yes. We have written sequential movement like that in several different
ways. But you never may be talking about something totally
different than I am, since I have never seen Taiwanese Sign Language. Would
it be possible to send me privately a "paragraph" explaining exactly what
happens in one of the signs, so I can really think about it. Then I can
post a little explanation on the web with a diagram to see what you think.

> 5. I mentioned earlier about having the option of printing the signs in
>color according to Valerie's delineation by part of the sign, by whole
>signs, or in black and white, each used for different purposes: teaching
>children, emphasis, etc.

Yes. Thanks for that. I will be discussing the color ideas with our
programmer on Friday.

More soon again....

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


The DAC, Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
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