Hi Yair Rand and List,
The ASL Wikipedia main page looks amazing in Chrome. It uses the
Vertical Writing Mode to display the content. For Vertical
Writing Mode, the page scrolls to the right, rather than down.
The sign text is written in vertical columns. Each column ends at
the bottom of the visible page and a new column appears to the
right. Text that does not fit in one column will flow into the
If you resize the browser window on the ASL Wikipedia main page,
you can watch the text reflow between the columns. When resizing
the window, notice that punctuation never starts a column. Very
nice touch Yair Rand.
The images are SVG created by an image server. The pages load
very quickly. Every sign image is cached in your local browser.
Click on a few links and then go backwards in the browser
history. Notice that the pages load instantly.
Zooming in on the page will also reflow the text. If you think
the signs are too small, resize the text. On Mac, [Command]+ will
zoom a page.
There is a lot of technical infrastructure that makes the ASL
Wikipedia work within the Wikimedia movement. For my presentation
31 at the Symposium, I have slides (5-7) about Wikimedia,
Wikimedia Labs, and Wikimedia Incubator.
If you would like to see a demo of Wikimedia Incubator, watch the
SignWriting Symposium 2014, Day 4 starting at 50:25.
Any person, for any sign language is invited to join Incubator.
The SignWriting project on Incubator is still young and there are
a lot of technical requirements, but we need help from every type
of person. Dig into the movement, see what you can learn, and see
what you can contribute.
Thanks Yair Rand for the help on Incubator. Good luck with the
keyboarding. I hope to give you feedback soon.