Thanks for the questions.
On 8/29/13 6:48 PM, maria galea wrote:
Yes, Adam is the main force behind the writing and editing for the Wikipedia with SignWriting.1) Is Adam Frost still the ASL editor of the SignWriting Wiki?
Originally, that address was a custom server that we administered that ran on Valerie's servers. Currently, that address forwards to http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org . This server is running on Wikimedia's servers, rather than Valerie's
2) Is this wiki http://www.signbank.org/wiki/ the only known wiki available for a sign language written in Signwriting?
The part of the URL "wmflabs.org" stands for Wikimedia Foundation Labs, aka Wikimedia Labs, aka Wikitech.
Wikimedia Labs is a great environment that allows users to create their own server. I created a custom installation for the ASL Wikipedia which I am the administrator.
Before a new language can have an official Wikipedia, it must demonstrate an active list of editors and a collection of well written articles. New test Wikipedia projects usually start on the Wikimedia Incubator. However, when we started the above Wikipedia project, Incubator was unable to support the SignWriting script.
Several months ago, I was fortunate to attend a Wikimedia Hackathon in Amsterdam. I posted a report on the discussion page. Mine it the second entry.
I was able to talk with several people at the Hackathon and figure out a way for Incubator to support the SignWriting script. It is a work in progress, but very promising.
If you go to the main ASL page on Wikipedia you will see note about the incubator project.
The link will open the ASL Wikipedia on Incubator.
Or you can go directly to the main page.
The discussion page is very interesting.
Later this year, I hope to address some of the formatting issues and start to move the articles from http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org over to Incubator.Being available on Incubator is a major step forward, but I think it is valid to say that it is early stages.
3) Can I still stay that its early stages of being a test/proof concept site (Frost, personal communication, June 2012) - or have things developed since then?I did release a version draft-slevinski-signwriting-text-01, but it is consistent with version 00. I added some of the details from "Modern SignWriting".
4) Is the information I'm reading about here (and written by Steve Slevinski) http://signpuddle.net/download/draft-slevinski-signwriting-text-00.html#signwriting_script up-to-date?
The symbol set has been stable since 2010 and the character encoding has been stable since January 2012.Sure, I hope that helps.
Thank you very much for helping me out!!