Hi Madson and list,
The core of the ISWA 2010 will not change, but we can add an addendum of
new handshapes. This will be a compatible improvement and will not
change any of the existing data.
I have worked out most of the technical details to make this work. It
relies on creating complex subsets of the ISWA where the symbols can be
reorganized and reordered for the individual languages. We will all
still use the ISWA, we'll just be able to access them according to the
default international order created by Val, or by a custom language
Adding new handshapes is not a trivial matter. Each handshape will need
to comply with all of Valerie's rules: written and unwritten. Each new
handshape will need an addition to the font that is compatible with the
existing font. So if anyone would like to propose a new handshape for
the ISWA 2010, we will need someone to create the font addition and
Valerie's approval and my verification of the technical details.
If anyone is interested, we can discuss how to put together a proposal
for a new handshape.
New handshapes need:
* real life picture of handshape
* symbol ID that fits within the current ISWA hierarchy
* English name
* fallback handshape if new handshape is not available.
* font Addition
** minimum of 12 PNGs (fills 1 thru 6, and rotations 1 & 2)
** eventually, 96 PNGs or 96 SVG per font.