For example, we all know that when we look up a word in an
English dictionary, that all of the words that begin with the
letter "A" will be in the first section of the dictionary,
and that all of the words that begin with the letter "B"
will be in the second section.
The English alphabet, in other words, is in a special sequence
called "alphabetic order." We all have to memorize
it in school. The Sign-Symbol-Sequence is a way to put signs
in a kind of "alphabetic order," using SignWriting
For example, in the Sign-Symbol-Sequence, all of the signs
that use the handshape come first in the dictionary, and all
of the signs that use the handshape come second in the dictionary.
Just as we all had to memorize the English "alphabetic
order" in school, to look up a sign using the "Sign-Symbol-Sequence,"
you also have to memorize, or at least have a general idea of
the sequence in you head. This will not be difficult if you know
the numbers 1- 10 in ASL.
Hand symbols in SignWriting are divided into ten groups. Hands
are grouped according to which fingers are used; an easy way
to remember the groups is to count from 1 to 10 in ASL.