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On 4/8/13 3:04 AM, MARIA GALEA wrote:
> Dear Steve,
> Well done for the accomplishment - however all this information is just an
> unknown language for me since my programming skills are non-existent. Do
> you think you could somehow simplify what is going on.

On 4/8/13 7:58 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
> Hi Maria,
>
> this is exactly what has been on my mind. I would love to estimate what is
> going on but I do not understand ... Will this accomplichment change
> anything in the way I am using SignWriting with SignPuddle or the
> delegs-software?
>
> Thanks for your message!
>
> All best
>
> Stefan

Hi Stefan & Maria,

Thanks for your patience and interest.

When reading SignWriting, we want to see the signs like...




However, that is a graphic.  The real name of each sign is a string.

If we use ASCII, the text is:
M518x529S14c20481x471S27106503x489 
M523x536S2eb48485x504S10011502x463S2eb04507x497S10019477x472

Unicode without a font (image)


Unicode without a font (characters)
󽠃󽼒󽼝󽡼󽠒󽠠󽻭󽻣󽦡󽠐󽠦󽼃󽻵 󽠃󽼗󽼤󽨛󽠔󽠨󽻱󽼄󽠰󽠑󽠡󽼂󽻛󽨛󽠐󽠤󽼇󽻽󽠰󽠑󽠩󽻩󽻤

Unicode with a local font:
screen capture from SignPuddle.com
with Graphite enabled in Firefox.
http://signpuddle.com/#font





Formal SignWriting
============
Until the SignWriting font is perfected, we will be using Formal 
SignWriting as the ASCII codes.

Here is what Formal SignWriting looks like:
M518x529S14c20481x471S27106503x489 
M518x533S1870a489x515S18701482x490S20500508x496S2e734500x468 S38800464x496

The word "Formal" is used in the technical sense of a "Formal 
language".  It basically means each word is formed as a string of 
characters.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formal_language


The Plugin
=======
The plugin basically takes the ASCII string and wraps it for 
presentation.  This first plugin works for web pages and HTML 
documents.  The writers must still deal with the FSW, but the reader is 
shown the SignWriting images.

Please view SignPuddle.com without the plugin enabled.
http://signpuddle.com/index2.html

Notice the Formal SignWriting strings.  If you have the SignWriting Thin 
Viewer bookmark ready, you can run the plugin in your browser to show 
the SignWriting instead of the Formal SignWriting.

Now view SignPuddle.com with the plugin enabled.
http://signpuddle.com/index.html

The purpose of the plugin is to replace the Formal SignWriting strings 
and display the SignWriting.

If the web site includes the SignWriting Thin Viewer, you will see the 
SignWriting:
http://signpuddle.com/index.html

If the web site does not use the SignWriting Thin Viewer, you will see 
the Formal SignWriting ASCII strings.  It is here that you can use the 
bookmark.
http://signpuddle.com/index2.html

I hope to explain it better with videos and more features in the near 
future.

I'd be happy to answer any questions.

Regards,
-Steve