Let's see... I didn't read all of the posts here, although I did read some. Having a written ASL form similar to the Chinese characters would be especially interesting! AH, imagine websites, articles, newspapers, books and other publications being written with ASL characters. Oh god, MSN, AIM, Yahoo and other instant messengers would have to use ASL characters... I have no prior qualifications or solid assertions that would be backed up by tangible proof, but why not? It's not like the existence of a written form would threaten another language that was borne out of necessity. A visual written language.. hmmm... would make sense to me, as a fluent ASL and Norwegian Sign Language user. Wouldn't hurt to try, methinks. This is the dawn of exploration.... after all, why not use our creativity to continually introduce new things in the grander scheme of humanity? Not being able to communicate by the written letter via an official language such as English, Norwegian, Spanish, etc etc is noted as a problem in this author's POV. Somehow I think that is a totally different point from the point of introducing a written language that would correspond to ASL nicely. Here is why I am presenting my argument the way I am: The responsibility would be directly laid on the user on deciding when to use written/signed ASL and when to use written/read/spoken English in appriopiate circumstances. Perhaps allowances should be made for where we are afraid of or we are unsure about. An unexamined life is not worth living, after all. So, Natalie, if your heart sings in this manner, then go for it! Tis not easy introducing another opportunity into this sea of opportunities swimming around, and people tend to freak out a bit with something new because of the values and subjective truths they hold on with a life line as I understand it. This, be forewarned, is, too, a subjective truth on my part which is not intended to offend. Take it with a grain of salt, too. I could be wrong.