SignWriting List
January 15, 2013

Hello Steve!
Thank you for this message and we too look forward to working with you in 2013!

And thank you for this technical report, posted to the SignWriting List. This is a great idea, Steve, to report to the List, since it is recorded in the SignWriting List Archives and we will have a permanent record this way.

I visited It is a well-designed and easy to understand web page. Congratulations on developing SignWriting as Text and not graphics. It is a big job, and I see the Infrastructure is at 65% - this is good progress!

Your Modern SignWriting (MSW), Steve, is something I marvel at…I am glad we started partnering in 2004 and that you continue your inventive and important work - we really need the Editors in the sign language Wikipedias and I know you are working towards that goal -

So everyone, by the end of 2013 it is our hope that the Wikipedias in SignWriting Text …such as the ASL Wikipedia (which is a test project right now will become easier to use and more established within the Wiki world…by the end of the year we are hoping that other sign languages will be able to start their own Wikipedias quickly and easily - right now we are glad to help, but we are still testing the ASL Wikipedia - so we will continue to add ASL articles slowly while Steve is working on the back end to make the software easier to use -

It is all very exciting and THANK YOU again Steve for making this all possible -

Val ;-)

PS.Thanks to Eduardo Trápani and Jonathan Duncan as well, for the work you are doing…and to the software developers in Hamburg, Germany…and to all programmers and developers and encoders who work with SignWriting in some way - Your projects are welcome and appreciated…


On Jan 14, 2013, at 8:22 AM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Val, Erika, Charles, Stefan, Maria, and others,

Thanks for the Birthday wishes.  I enjoyed collaborating with everyone in 2012 and all the years before.

I look forward to 2013 with great hope and anticipation.  The ASL Wikipedia project is a spearhead for SignWriting text.  For some minority languages, a Wikipedia is the largest collection of text for that language.  I'm confident this will be true for some sign languages as well.  This year, we will complete the infrastructure and I'm hoping that Wikimedia will officially accept request for sign language projects.

I promised Val a technical report. I have the first half finished. I'd like to send it to the list.

The overview is on

The efforts to standardize SignWriting continues.  The character encoding is covered in draft-slevinski-signwriting-text.  A technical document and a companion to the Modern SignWriting (MSW) theory and example document.  The first public draft of MSW was released one year ago.  The character encoding has been stable since release.  Happy Anniversary.  The RFC Editor is currently finding reviewers with the intention of publishing my Internet Draft as an RFC through the Independent Submission Editor model (RFC 6548).

Our server side fonts are fully developed with PNG and SVG.  Server side fonts will always be available for platforms that do not support client side fonts for SignWriting.

Our first release of a client side font should be available later this year.  I'm hopeful that the few remaining issues will be settled soon.  Imagine, viewing SignWriting in an office suite without special programming.  Many thanks and encouragement to Eduardo Trápani.

For the SignWriting Icon Server, character and image processing is fully developed.  I am currently working on the API to support public queries.  I'll prepare a demo to explain when it is functional.

The SignWriting Icon Client is desperately needed.  A modern editor for the modern character encoding will complete the offering.  This is the year.

Happy New Year to everyone,


On Jan 12, 2013, at 9:22 PM, Charles Butler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you for your hard work. 

Charles Butler Neto
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Clear writing moves business forward.


--- On Sat, 1/12/13, Erika <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Erika <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Happy Birthday to Steve Slevinski ;-)
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10:37 AM

Happy birthday!!


On Jan 12, 2013, at 9:19 AM, "Valerie Sutton" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

SignWriting List
January 12, 2013

Hello Everyone and Steve!
In this era of FaceBook and Twitter, it seems wishing friends and co-workers a Happy Birthday has left the SignWriting List tradition, but I still wish to wish Steve Slevinski a Happy Birthday today here on the SignWriting List…

Without Steve, we would not have our modern SignWriting software, including SignPuddle, The SignWriting Image/Icon Server (SWIS) and of course the upcoming Wikipedias written in SignWriting for multiple sign languages… I treasure the collaboration that I have enjoyed with Steve, since 2004. Thank you, Steve, for all you do for SignWriting everyday….

And Happy Birthday!!

Val ;-)

PS. Here is some information about Steve's ongoing work:

About Steve Slevinski

ASL Wikipedia Project on Wikimedia Labs

And here is a lovely card designed by Stefan Woehrmann - thank you, Stefan!


Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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ASL Wikipedia Project on Wikimedia Labs

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