If you are using the libraries, you will find several notations. These
are covered under the following link:
Here's the flow of the forms:
CSW <> BSW<> FSW <> KSW
CSW is Character SignWriting. It uses Unicode characters on plan 15.
We have an experimental / proof of concept TrueType Font. The
characters are irregular and rely on special Unicode libraries for
BSW is Binary SignWriting. It uses 12-bit characters. These characters
are intermediate and usually not stored. In theory, you could store and
analyze the 12-bit characters, but a special environment is required.
FSW is Formal SignWriting. It uses a lite ASCII markup. It is the best
form to leverage searching with speed and usability. The SignPuddle
downloads use FSW by default.
KSW is Kartesian SignWriting. It is an irregular lite ASCII markup for
display purposes. It is supported as a legacy encoding and very useful
There is also an XML markup that is equivalent in content to the above