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Hi SignWriting List,

We are one week away from the 3rd annual SignWriting Symposium.  I'm 
very excited that we have 12 more amazing presentations.  We are working 
hard to make the symposium a success for the viewers and for the 
presenters.  Make sure to check the main page of SignWriting.org for 
information and links.
* http://signwriting.org

I love Valerie's invention of SignWriting.  I am now confident in my 
faithful computer encoding called Formal SignWriting.  It has been 
stable for over 4 years and more projects are adopting the FSW standard 
every year.  I will be presenting about FSW several times this year.

First, I will be discussing Formal SignWriting in my first presentation 
this year's symposium.
* http://www.signwriting.org/symposium/presentation0055.html

Second, I will be discussing Formal SignWriting and a proposal for 
SignWriting in Unicode 10 the first week of August at a Unicode 
Technical Committee.
* http://www.slideshare.net/StephenSlevinski/signwriting-in-unicode-next

Third, I will be discussing Formal SignWriting at the WikiConference in 
San Diego.
* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiConference_North_America

I will be using the new Deaf Perspective video as evidence that Formal 
SignWriting is the correct machine-readable encoding.
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg5oKIpArmE

I have updated SignPuddle.com and I would love your feedback.  I wrote 
the opening paragraph myself.  I tried to express the same ideas as the 
3 English sections of Simple, Flexible, and Powerful. If anyone would 
like to rewrite the opening paragraph or suggest better signs for the 3 
sections, I would really appreciate it.
* http://signpuddle.com/

With the technology around SignWriting on the computer, we are picking 
up speed.  It feels like every year includes a series of sudden 
breakthroughs.  This year, the framework for the new SignText became a 
reality with only 6K of custom HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The following 
links demonstrate FSW real-time updates, CSS switching, and resizable text.
* http://slevinski.github.io/SignWriting_Character_Viewer/ (Single Page)
* http://codepen.io/Slevinski/pen/XKRPzm  (live, updatable example in 
HTML, CSS, and JavaScript)

A new SignText will be released before the end of this year.  It will be 
available as a stand-alone HTML file (100k) and it will integrate with 
the SignWriting Server and with SignPuddle 3.  You will be able to write 
extended sign-texts dragging and dropping new signs, or looking signs up 
in the dictionary based on sign language or spoken language, or using 
the fingerspeller.  It will be much faster and easier to use than the 
current methods.  We are getting better all of the time.  (smile)

Regards,
-Steve

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