Date: Tue Apr 25, 2000 12:12
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Number of symbols
At 5:36 PM -0400 4/21/00, Bonnie Collins wrote:
>I know that SignWriter 5.0 will include all the symbols in the
>entire system but I was wondering how many symbols will that be?
>Also, with the 4.3 download the symbols associated with the keys M,
>N, and comma do not appear. Any suggestions?
April 24, 2000
Hello Bonnie -
The five keys that are to the right at the very bottom of your
keyboard, are the Special Command keys. They include M, N and comma
keys, plus the period and question mark keys, if you are using a US
You can read about how the Special Command keys work on these web pages:
Special Command Keys
Or for a more detailed description, read the manual that came with
the shareware. If you own the SignWriter package with the thick
SignWriter notebook, you can find a description of those keys in
Manuals 2, 3 and 4.
Regarding the number of symbols - I do not know myself. There are a
lot. There are 40 "groups of symbols", but within each group there
are quite a number.
Just as Chinese characters cannot be compared to the English
alphabet, there is no need to list the number of symbols in
SignWriting. Just because a smile on a face is considered a symbol,
it doesn't mean it is something that has to be memorized - it is
understood immediately - but it is still a symbol - so even though
SignWriting has more symbols than English, the symbols are easier to
learn because they are not as abstract.
Hope this helps!
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