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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jan 16, 2002  4:26 pm
Subject:  Re: Questions for a Notation Comparisons Study

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January 16, 2002

....continued from last message...

To prepare the SignWriter Newspaper, I hired ten born-Deaf, native
American Sign Language users. How did they submit their articles to
me, written in SignWriting? Written by hand of course!!

So you are right that even though SignWriting Printing was developed
for reading, we had no choice but to write it by hand for the first
decade, a little like the monks wrote bibles by hand centuries ago,
before the development of the printing press.

What about those Deaf people who wrote by hand? Did they complain?
NO! They loved it. And when the personal computer started being used,
some of them didn't like computers and continued to write by hand - I
even had some refuse to learn to type with SignWriter...(Just as the
older generation still does not use computers that much..)

So please say somewhere in your write-up, that SignWriting did not
start in the era of computers...that it started before that time, and
was written by hand for a decade. When the personal computer was
developed, and SignWriter Software was developed, then new
SignWriting users started using the computers and did not learn to
write by hand first, which is kind of sad, when you think about it!
Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton


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