I enjoyed your symposium “Ordering Signs in Dictionaries” http://www.signwriting.org/symposium/presentation0010.html
I was wondering if Steve and Val had been able to find
you a solution. Val mentioned that she thought that Steve would
have an easy way for you to do your sorting.
There are 2 different issues involved here: the sorting mechanics
and the sorting theory.
The mechanics are simple. A linear ordered sequence of symbols can
be assigned to any sign. The symbols automatically sort according
to the ISWA 2010 default order using a binary string comparison. In
our programs we can use > greater than or < less than
comparisons. From a database, we can use a simple "order by"
For each symbol, there are 2 kinds of mechanical sorting. The major
sorting between symbols and the minor sorting within symbol bases.
For the major sorting between symbols, the list below is sorted by
the default ISWA 2010 order. Order other than this are possible,
but require an additional step of creating a custom ordering of the
symbols. Only the default ISWA 2010 order has been implemented.
Unicode has a way to reorder the major sorting issues involving
special weights for each symbol base.
For the minor sorting within the symbols, the default order starts
with Fill 1 and Rotation 1. Next is Fill 1 with Rotation 2, then
the rest of the rotations for Fill 1. After that are the symbols
with Fill 2. Only the default ISWA 2010 order has been
implemented. This may be an issue when the default ISWA 2010 order
is not the desired order. Unicode may possibly have a way to
reorder the minor sorting, but I'm not sure.
For sorting, the linear ordered list of symbols can be created using
any writing symbols and any detailed location symbols.
Creating the special sorting requires crafting a special sequence.
If I understood Charles correctly, he would want to use Head Rims.
Head Rims have a default sort order of the following...
So the first symbol in the ordered sequence would be the dominant
hand shape. The next would be the appropriate Head Rim. The third
symbol would be the non-dominant hand.
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