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July 27, 2010

Hello Charles, Adam, Stefan, Bill, Kelly Jo and everyone!

It is just a matter of design and choice - of course we can all read SignWriting horizontally and vertically - and of course we can scroll in all directions and do all day long...at least I seem to do nothing but scroll all day...

I once saw the most beautiful thick book in written Chinese all in vertical columns - including all headers - the headers were written vertically on the right side of the page (I guess you could call them siders) - and the Chinese book was stunningly beautiful, with illustrations inter-mixed within the columns - but it was all vertical and no horizontal - I enjoyed that design, but that is just my personal preference and no requirement for anyone - we all can write in any direction and design all kinds of styles of blogs, newspapers and other publications - SignWriting is flexible like clay and can be molded to your own designs...

There is a poem in Spain written in SignWriting in a circle...sort of like a spiral...and that can be read too -

I am glad everyone is enjoying Adam's blog - I think it is brilliant and I love the new experience of reading a blog in ASL...no matter what design choice is made in the future - it is up to Adam, and others can design their own blogs in different ways -

I hope more blogs in written sign languages will develop over time - and newspapers and magazines of course too -

Val ;-)

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On Jul 27, 2010, at 6:23 AM, Charles Butler wrote:

> Are people so lazy they can't scroll both ways?  That keeps it compact, enables you to put short articles in corners, make it a newspaper blog.  I thought humans could think horizontally and vertically.  Chinese newspapers certainly have short and long articles, advertising, and such.
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> From: Charles Butler <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Tue, July 27, 2010 12:17:54 AM
> Subject: Re: Vertical Theme for the ASL section of my blog?
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> I guess I am confused, I'm thinking of a newspaper, with larger headings, preferably fingerspelled so one is absolutely certain of the title, and then everything in clusters of columns.
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> Charles
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> From: Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Mon, July 26, 2010 5:29:39 PM
> Subject: Re: Vertical Theme for the ASL section of my blog?
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> On Jul 26, 2010, at 2:16 PM, Charles Butler wrote:
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>> Your website looks like a newspaper, so you have multiple articles, all of which are vertical in their columns, and distinct.  Else you have no way to lay out multiple items. 
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> True, the articles are in columns. The thing that has been confusing some people is that the titles and everything on the sides with the current design are written horizontally. So I was hoping to help lessen the confusion by making everything vertical. I would still be able to lay out multiple items with this new idea. The only difference would be that you would scroll right rather than down since everything would be vertical. 
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>> Your frames work fine with me.
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> So now I am confused myself. :-) You like the way that it is right now without the change better? Or do you like it the way that I was showing in my idea? 
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> Adam
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>> From: Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Sent: Mon, July 26, 2010 4:53:54 PM
>> Subject: Vertical Theme for the ASL section of my blog?
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>> I have had several people say that they had a hard time knowing which way the SignWriting was going. The main problem is because it is mixed with horizontal and vertical. So I was wondering if making it a vertical theme would make it any better. Here is a screen capture of the idea I have. Do you think it works better or not?
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>> Adam
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