October 5, 2012
This is so impressive. THANK YOU for this report, and for creating your web pages documenting the status of the SignPuddle Infrastructure.
Thank you for dreaming of this plan for SignWriting and then working toward this goal over so many years. SignWriting users are very fortunate that you are working on this, because over time it will help establish SignWriting in a solid way on the internet.
I am particularly interested in the new SignWriting Image Client that will someday use CSS Text Layout techniques, leading to "linking" inside SignWriting text. Imagine when we can "link" inside a SignWriting document - that will be very cool!
I feel honored and lucky to work with you everyday ….
On Oct 5, 2012, at 4:20 PM, Steve Slevinski wrote:
> Hi SW-List,
> To use the SignWriting Script on the computer I have a design for SignWriting Text. Like Edison and the lightbulb, the clarity of success is self evident. But before Edison could bring the lightbulb to the public, he had to design an infrastructure of sockets and switches, power stations and wire, with standards and specifications. He had to set up factories and start production and installation.
> Several years ago, a light went off for me. I started a mathematical exploration of the SignWriting Script. I created my first mathematical logogram for SignWriting within the first year of working with Valerie Sutton. Since then, I have been improving the design and building an infrastructure.
> I am happy to report that the design is stable and the infrastructure is 50% operational. The fonts are fully functional and freely available. The SignWriting Image Server will soon have an official release candidate for version 3.
> I admit that 50% of the infrastructure is not yet complete. This is holding us back, but it is our current reality. For the 50% to still complete, I have documentation and working prototypes.
> Once the infrastructure is 100%, we will be writing naturally on computers: both with desktop and mobile. Once the infrastructure status reaches 100%, the internet community of SignWriters will be well established and enabled. Powerful SignWriting Text processing will be within easy reach of whoever want to use SignWriting Text offline or online. Every sign language with active writers will be able to build their own Wikipedia in their own language. Free knowledge will flourish.
> Until then, we move forward with SignPuddle Online, the ASL Wikipedia Project, and all of the other great projects around the world that are compatible with the SignPuddle Standard for SignWriting Text.
> I hope to complete the infrastructure 100% next year, in 2013.
> I have put together a color coded one page summary. "Status of the SignPuddle Standard for SignWriting Text". This distributed model will ensure that SignWriting Text can scale to the internet and flourish. Please bookmark this page, check it often, and share it with your friends.
> The standard reference is being documented on the SignPuddle Report: http://signpuddle.net