Hi SignWriting List,
6 years ago today, I published the specification of Formal SignWriting
in ASCII (FSW). Since the initial release, the characters have remained
the same. Sign language written in FSW is safely encoded in a stable
standard that will be readable in 100 years from now.
To celebrate 6 years of FSW, I created a presentation about why I
created Formal SignWriting and about the organizing principles around
First, I believe in real literacy and that means reading and writing.
Literacy should be learned in a person's primary language as well as any
secondary languages. FSW makes it possible to write and share sign
language in ways that are impossible with video.
Second, I believe in the utility of formal structures such as formal
conventions, formal order, freeform construction, and formal languages.
These structures make it possible to write si