|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Wed Oct 28, 1998 2:54 pm
Subject: Re: iconicity
On Tue, 27 Oct 1998 Angus B. Grieve-Smith wrote:
>3) size. I haven't seen SignWriting in hard copy, but one thing that
>strikes me on the screen is how much space it takes up compared to any
>other writing system I've seen. This is not a big deal, since Braille
>also takes up a lot of space, but it's an added drawback.
Good Morning Angus -
Thanks for writing. In regards to printing at small sizes...
We print and read SignWriting at very very small sizes - I guess you could
call it "teensy weensy". Of course I have not placed this on the web,
because most of the web visitors are beginners, and all beginners start
reading at larger sizes, no matter what the language.
Reading at small sizes is astonishingly easy, in fact just as clear as at
large sizes. But it does take an advanced sign reader, who knows
SignWriting already. I plan to post some of the more advanced writing soon,
as you know. SW Level 3 is still at larger sizes, but SW Level 4 is at
The SignWriter 4.3 computer program for MS-DOS prints in seven different
formats, if you have a laser printer, and several of those print formats
are at very small sizes. We also show small sizes on our new SW History
Video, since this subject comes up occasionally :-)
I will be happy to send you a print out of some "very small" SignWriting if
you wish, through snail mail.
Have a great day everyone -
Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA