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It is exciting! And I know Val's thought is true in my case - I know that
the work you do is deeply vital, but I don't understand it very well.
As a matter of fact, I've been wondering if I might be able to interview
you sometime, in order to understand your end of things better for the book
project I'm working on. :)

On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> SignWriting List
> October 22, 2012
>
> Hello Steve and everyone on the SW List -
>
> This work is so mind-blowing, Steve, that one of the reasons you may not
> receive too many messages from all of us is that we are not sure what to
> say...
>
> I say two things - THANK YOU - and yes, I will be honored to be one of
> your many reviewers!
>
> And I hope others will choose to review your work too...
>
> Admiration and awe are two other words I feel as I read your list of
> accomplishments below. Without your work, we could not have any Wikipedias
> in written sign languages, because the Wikimedia servers could not handle
> the SignWriting Script, without your specialized software development…the
> SignWriting MediaWiki Plugin, the SignWriting Image Server (SWIS) and other
> developments...
>
> And I know a standard way to handle the SignWriting Script on the internet
> is just what all sign language communities need, to write, preserve and
> share their written sign languages with the world - so you are taking the
> lead in this big step forward…
>
> By the way, everyone, just a side note…We are planting the seeds for a
> Brazilian LIBRAS Wikipedia…it will take time…but volunteers are needed…If
> you are interested, please write to tell us...
>
> And congratulations, Steve, for installing the new SWIS! I will look at it
> now -
>
> Val ;-)
>
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>
>
>
> On Oct 22, 2012, at 10:02 AM, Steve Slevinski wrote:
>
> Hi SignWriting List,
>
> In two weeks time, I am going to submit my latest Internet Draft to the
> IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).  Each submission is valid for
> 6-months.  Over the process of 1 to 2 years, the review of this I-D will
> help cement the standard for completeness and accuracy.  When this process
> is finished, the work will be published as an RFC: request for comment.  It
> will represent a standard that anyone can implement on the internet without
> royalty or IP related issues.
> http://signpuddle.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page#Internet_Draft
>
>
> The RFC will be an authoritative standard document that is stable and can
> be referenced for programming or academics.  The RFC process should
> coincide with my completion of the SignPuddle Standard for SignWriting Text
> infrastructure.
> http://signpuddle.com
>
>
> The SignWriting Image Server is ready with a prerelease candidate.
> http://signpuddle.net/wiki/index.php/SignWriting_Image_Server
>
> I have SWIS installed on Wikimedia Labs for any and all Wikipedia projects
> http://swis.wmflabs.org
> http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org
> http://bzs.wikipedia.wmflabs.org
>
> I have SWIS installed on SignBank for SignPuddle Online and for the
> general public.
> http://signbank.org/swis
>
>
> I'm hard at work on the Image Client.
> http://signpuddle.net/wiki/index.php/SignWriting_Image_Client
>
>
> I was recently reminded that the old SignMaker and SignText have browser
> issues and other issues of inconvenience.  I know this to be true.  It's
> next on my list.  At 50% operational, the infrastructure is a bit clunky in
> parts.  The instability before 2012, caused massive rework that was
> unavoidable and often wasted.
>
>
> Before 2012, I could not have built the editors of tomorrow because I
> didn't have a complete vision or a stable encoding.  The new user interface
> experience is currently being built using the specification contained in
> draft-slevinski-signwriting-text.
>
> For the IETF process, I will need 2 types of reviewers: general and
> qualified.  Anyone can be a general reviewer.  Read through, request
> clarification or expansion, find inconsistencies and errors, suggest
> sections that can be added or removed.
>
> This is an open request to anyone on the SignWriting List or the Internet
> in general.  Please consider reviewing my document over the next year or
> two.  As I start the IETF process, I will know more specifics about the
> role of the reviewers and the qualifications required.
>
> Here are the prerelease links,
> PDF -
> http://signpuddle.net/download/draft-slevinski-signwriting-text-pre.pdf
> HTML -
> http://signpuddle.net/download/draft-slevinski-signwriting-text-pre.html
>
> Regards,
> -Steve
>
>
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>
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>
> Val ;-)
>
> Valerie Sutton
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> www.signwriting.org
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> ASL Wikipedia Project on Wikimedia Labs
> http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org
>
>
> ASL articles are translations of articles in the English Wikipedia:
>
> 1. Charles-Michel de l'Epee
> http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org/wiki/Charles-Michel_de_l%27Epee
>
> 2. Laurent Clerc
> http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org/wiki/Laurent_Clerc
>
> 3. Alice Cogswell
> http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org/wiki/Alice_Cogswell
>
> 4. City of Helen, Georgia
> http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org/wiki/Helen,_Georgia
>
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-- 
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College