now I dare do some more work on the Norwegian files. I have been puting it up for some time because of the changes and the need to do things over - now I hope that things will work steadily. (Sorry I have to wait a little longer, because of other pressing work, but I look forward to seet myself down to re-enter hundreds of signs, and quite a few that I never entered before too).
> Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:02:37 -0500 > From: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: Put the blame on me ;-) > To: [log in to unmask] > > Hi Alan, > > Thanks for you comments. > > On 9/14/11 9:32 AM, Alan Post wrote: > > I have struggled just to keep up with the changes to SWIS and > > ISWA--I've had to convert my database three or four times, which > > sometimes takes me many months to get around to--during which I > > don't use SignWriting. :-( > > Yes, I understand this very well. Every time I put out a new standard, > I make additional busy work for myself and others. Back in 2008, I was > hoping that I had a stable standard, but every time that I tried to use > the standard, I always found a serious flaw that could not be > overlooked. I would find that my code libraries were becoming overly > complicated and slow. The only way to address the various flaws was > with a new encoding. > > > I *love* SWIS2. I am producing documents with it that are so, so > > beautiful compared to SWIS. I don't wish to complain about where > > we are, but to articulate just how expensive changes are, to me. > > Even seemingly minor issues can be major headaches for me--I would > > much rather be in the business of *using* SignWriting! > Agreed! I love SWIS 2 as well. The code is simple and clean. It does > what I want it to do. I have plans to expand the code and there are no > more serious flaws that will get in the way. > > The ISWA 2010 has been stable since it's release in 2010 and the Unicode > proposal will hopefully be approved next year. > > There will not be any more changes to the encoding so you will not need > to convert your database again. Any writing you do today will still be > valid years from now. > > Fortunately, the question of writing style is outside of the encoding. > > Regards, > -Steve >