I remember doing this with a researcher for our entire corpus so that we could, in theory, set up a one-to-one correspondence with a verbal description (SignText). 
When I am ordering a sign by its glyphs when posting a listing, that's what I am doing, really, assigning the order by groups. 

--- On Wed, 9/21/11, Alan Post <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Alan Post <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: glyph-level description of a sign?
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:40 PM

In SignPuddle 1.5, I seem to remember there was this ability to look
at a glyph-level description of a sign--it would break out each
image and give various technical details about it--what group it
belonged to, &c.

Am I imagining that?  Is it available in SignPuddle 1.6?

*looks around my swis1 server*

Aha!  Like this page:

I want that page in SWIS2, or something like it--I particularly ould
like to look up the SymbolGroup for each glyph in a symbol.

Will you pull me through that?

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