That's the same impression I got from Robert Arnold when I talked with him about si5s a few years back.


On Mar 1, 2013, at 11:22 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:

I have the book for si5s and have discussed some with Adrean Clark who wrote the book. Since I am interested in writing sign languages in general, I figured I might as well find out more about their system.

One major difference between si5s and SignWriting is that si5s is not interested in being able to record all the details of the signing. Where SignWriting can be used to be as detailed or as simple as you want, si5s is intended to be as minimal as possible (or so I understand). In some cases, you may not be able to be as specific with si5s as you can with SignWriting. That's an intentional design decision. New symbols are added only if it is absolutely necessary to be readable. At least, that is how I understand the approach.