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Re: An update regarding SignWriting and Unicode

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Gagnon et Thibeault <[log in to unmask]>

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SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages

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Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:45:49 -0400

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Hi Steve and everyone,

    Steve, thank you for your answers.

    Regards,

    André
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Slevinski" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: An update regarding SignWriting and Unicode


> Hi André,
>
>> Regarding SignWriting and Univode, if UTC and WG2 approve them in 2012,
>> will we then be able to use the keyboarding without the mouse?
>
> The short answer is no. Unicode is a data standard, not a magic pill.
> There is nothing inherently special about Unicode with regards to
> keyboarding.
>
> The long answer is probably yes. First, Unicode acceptance will
> definitively mark the stability of the symbol set. Second, Unicode
> acceptance will help cement the idea that SignWriting is a writing system
> that is meant to be used by the public.
>
> These perceptions of stability and usability will foster an environment
> where more projects will hopefully be started. Projects will be able to
> build on past successes and will be able to freely communicate with other
> projects.
>
> Keyboarding with SignWriting is a proven technique. There are several
> hurdles to tackle for the current symbol set, but none that are too
> difficult. These hurdles were completed for smaller symbol sets of the
> past, and there is no reason that can not be completed for the ISWA 2010.
>
> Regards,
> -Steve
>

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