Hi SignWriting List,
Valerie Sutton's non-profit, the Center for Sutton Movement Writing, is
applying for a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and we'd like your
help. We have 2 weeks to demonstrate that there is significant interest
for sign language Wikipedia and Wiktionary projects. The community
review ends April 4th.
The grant write-up is available online:
Part of the grant process includes showing that there is community
support for the ideas and purpose of the grant. We need individuals and
groups to endorse our grant proposal. The endorsements can be written
directly on the grant page linked above. Alternatively, the
endorsements can be sent to this list or privately in email.
The main purpose of the grant is to improve the technology available for
the sign language Wikipedia and Wiktionary projects. We need to show
that there is interest in the sign language Wikipedia and Wiktionary
The grant is for the construction of a true 2-D font for SignWriting.
Our current fonts only deal with the individual symbols of SignWriting
and require SVG to arrange the sign images in 2 dimensions. The new
font will add the 2-dimensional arrangement directly to the font
rendering layer, the same as other script fonts.
The grant includes a supplemental Unicode proposal for 17 additional
characters. Building on the already accepted 672 Unicode characters for
SignWriting, the new characters will make it possible to fully define a
sign as a pure string of Unicode characters. The new 2-D font will use
these Unicode strings to display SignWriting.
The great benefit of full Unicode strings is that we will be able to
display SignWriting in any software and on any website. We will be able
to freely copy-and-paste between websites and software without having to
create custom plugins or extensions. The new 2-D font will definitely
benefit the Wikimedia projects, but it will also benefit the entire
So if you would like to help, please endorse the grant on the link above
or through email. If you could pass this request along to anyone else
who might be interested, that would be appreciated.
-Stephen E Slevinski Jr
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