I am confused about the slashed hands in the lessons in Sign Writing. I have been teaching handwriting, and the handwriting symbols have not usually been taught with lines across them except as a shorthand for hands horizontal rather than vertical.  Having a hand with a slash does not appear in the current SignPuddle and so my Ethiopian students are likely to be confused.  I use arrows to show directions where there are not other than the four points of the compass.  The 45 degree plane is not very well defined on handshapes, so this has really confused me.

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From: Stefan Wöhrmann <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Tue, January 11, 2011 6:00:40 PM
Subject: AW: SignPuddle 1.5

Hi Valerie,

thank you so much for this answer!

Just allow an additional question. Di you have any idea whatsoever when the
new SignPuddle 1.6 will be online?

Is their anything to fear about the signs that have been edited with the
SignPuddle 1.5 software so far. The reason for my question  - well you know
that a while ago there has been a major change with additional symbols in
the symbol set. At that time a special "mouth symbol" got a different number
because a different symbol has been added. So lots of signs which use this
"N" or "D" or "L"  mouth  got mixed up and now I try to systematically fix
this bug.

I do not want to push it by  any  reason. I am just curious because you
mention tah a new SignPuddle version using all the symbols (graphemes) of
the new International SignWriting Alphabet 2010 is going to be installed ...

Stefan ;-)

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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 6. Januar 2011 21:46
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Betreff: Re: SignPuddle 1.5

SignWriting List
January 6, 2011

Hello Stefan!
Thank you for this message to Steve (?) - I am not sure if he saw this,
since Steve is programming a new version of SignPuddle called SignPuddle
1.6, which is different than SignPuddle 1.5...

SignPuddle 1.6 is not finished yet, so we cannot use it yet, but Steve
showed me a little bit of it today and it is going to be wonderful, when it
is ready. It uses the new International SignWriting Alphabet 2010, and it
will fix the link to SignMail, that we need so badly...SignText will be
easier to view and it coordinates with future developments for using better
looking symbols in SVG and so forth...

Steve has also posted his internet draft encoding the ISWA 2010, and we are
working towards Unicode for SignWriting this year -

So the new SignMail is not here yet, but it will be coming  -

I will also write soon with new developments - Very exciting and positive
time for all of us -

Val ;-)


On Jan 6, 2011, at 12:32 PM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote: