On 4/8/13 3:04 AM, MARIA GALEA wrote:
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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
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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
Thanks for your message!
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:
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.
Until the SignWriting font is perfected, we will be using Formal
SignWriting as the ASCII codes.
Here is what Formal SignWriting looks like:
The word "Formal" is used in the technical sense of a "Formal
language". It basically means each word is formed as a string of
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.
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.
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
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.
I hope to explain it better with videos and more features in the
I'd be happy to answer any questions.