Hi SignWriting List,
Yesterday, I released version 1.2 of the new SignMaker. There are a
couple of great improvements and much wider platform support for
desktops, tablets, and phones.
SignMaker Index page on SignBank:
Valerie Sutton is currently improving the SignMaker Index page on
SignBank. Thanks for your hard work Val.
SignMaker Project Page:
SignMaker and Fonts
I'm happy to announce that SignMaker now works without installing
the fonts on your system. If you don't feel like installing the
TrueType fonts on your system (Windows, Mac, Linux, or iOS) or you
can't (Android), the fonts will automatically be downloaded to your
browser's cache on the first visit. Once the fonts are downloaded
into the browser cache, any other SignWriting Font website will
automatically use the fonts cached in your browser. If you ever
clear your browser cache, the next visit to a SignWriting Font
website will download the font again and reinstall the font in the
browser cache. The fonts are 13 MB, so the first install make take
a few seconds or longer depending on your download speed and
I've tested Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android. Nearly every
browser works as expected, with 3 exceptions. First, the default
Android browser is not usable. For Android, use Firefox or install
the App. Second, unless the system font is installed, for Linux you
may require a browser refresh if a page doesn't load properly the
first time. Third, Chrome has issues with the font.
Chrome and Chromium Font Issue
There are minor and major font issues with Chrome and Chromium. The
worst is that 5 symbols are missing. Specifically, S10008, S10009,
S1000a, S1000b, and S1000c. To see the issue in SignMaker, on the
symbol palette, click on the main index finger twice and then press
Mirror. You'll see a gap in the palette.
I believe the problem is caused by certain characters on plane 16 of
Unicode. The affected codepoints are U+100009 thru U+10000D. I
will be researching the issue further and submitting a bug report to
the Chromium development team soon.
There is an App available for Android. You can find information and
download links on the SignMaker project page.
Small screen and the popup keyboard
There are a few usability issue for small screens, especially when
the keyboard pops up. These issues are with the SignMaker
application itself, rather than the usage of the fonts. Even for
work properly for nearly everyone.
Create Website that use the SignWriting Fonts
(17 KB) and a few CSS statements. With these 2 parts, any website
can show SignWriting to any viewer.
Still lots to do. I'm excited for the symposium this year. I have
2 presentations to prepare. One will cover SignMaker in depth for
end users. Another will talk about the technology behind the
A new SignText is coming later this year so that we can compose
entire sentences in SignWriting. It will be based on the new
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