The facial expressions are all in the Head section, second from the edge on the bottom row. As a general rule, if you keep clicking on the key for the symbol that's closest to the symbol you want, you'll get there. (At least, that's the intention.)

I'm reading through the SW DOS documents now, thank you for the links. I can't find any of the "Stick figure combos" mentioned there in the SignBank, though. Are those symbols no longer used?

Re Fingerspelling mappings: Yes, those would be very useful. Are they available in FSW format? I'm probably still a few weeks away from having the fingerspelling mode working, but having the layout already ready would be very helpful.

Re CSSJanus: On ordinary Wikimedia sites, pages are formatted for horizontal writing, by default left-to-right. For right-to-left languages, like Hebrew and Arabic, a tool called CSSJanus goes through all the formatting code and adjusts it for right-to-left display. For sign languages, we need CSSJanus to also be able to reformat things for top-to-bottom writing. The implementation of CSSJanus used by Mediawiki is written in PHP.

(The only reason the vertical writing on the Incubator is working is because I went through the most visible bits of CSS that show up on content pages manually rotated them all. Since the code is modified quite regularly, and the whole codebase is enormous, rotating them manually wouldn't really work on a large scale.)



On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Steve and Yair -
This is absolutely beautiful work and really groundbreaking - Thank you!

And thank you for pointing out to us, that inside Chrome and Safari, it opens really tiny, but computers have ways of enlarging the screen…as Steve mentions below…and if you learn those keystrokes for enlarging your screen view, you can enlarge the SignWriting articles in the Wikipedia to read them well…

And the fact that the Wikipedia is written in the good-quality symbols of SVG is very important - it looks great -

And I love the fact that you can select signs and phrases and even create links in SignWriting…and even usernames can be in SignWriting now… 

And thank you Steve for giving us this tour of the Wikipedia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCOWJ_-XQBg#t=3025

So now, we need to discuss more what volunteers can do to help...

Yair mentioned this:

On Vertical Writing support in Mediawiki, which is necessary for the sign language Wikipedias: A Mediawiki architecture meeting was held regarding Vertical Writing support about six weeks ago, and Brion Vibber from the Wikimedia Foundation agreed to provisionally look into extending CSSJanus so that it can rotate the CSS appropriately for vertically-oriented pages. If you're good with PHP, please consider volunteering to help out with the CSSJanus work. 


Can you explain more about what is needed?

Val ;-)

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On Sep 1, 2014, at 5:22 AM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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 next.

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. 
http://www.signwriting.org/symposium/presentation0031.html

If you would like to see a demo of Wikimedia Incubator, watch the SignWriting Symposium 2014, Day 4 starting at 50:25.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCOWJ_-XQBg#t=3025

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.

Regards,
-Steve
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