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Dear Steve,

 

Thank you so much for all you have been doing over the years. We cannot thank you enough. Now I am a bit concerned, because I do not understand enough. The Norwegian dictionaries are currently in SignPuddle 2, and under editing. Do I need to do anything to save the data? Do I need to send money? (I could manage to send some).  I agree With you that SignWriting will grow in the futurue, so I have dedicated a lot of time and effort to this, even if I have been holding back somewhat lately due to several concerns, but I would not like to see the data that are collected gone missing,

 

Ingvild, Norway

 

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Fra: Stephen Slevinski
Sendt: torsdag 27. februar 2020 kl. 16:26
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Hi SignWriting List,

The year 2020 is turning out to be a great year of change for SignWriting.

First off, if you know anything about Wikimedia or Wikipedia, please add
your support to an individual grant I'm applying for to create the
two-dimensional font.  The community review is open until March 16th. 
Thanks!
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For 16 years, I was blessed to be able to work with Valerie Sutton
through the Center for Sutton Movement Writing non-profit as a paid
consultant.  Unfortunately, excessive government paperwork and
fundraising issues became a burden.  We have closed the non-profit
portion of the organization and the Center for Sutton Movement in now an
all volunteer organization without a checking account.

I'm still blessed because I still get to continue to collaborate with
Valerie Sutton into the future. I believe in SignWriting and I think our
13 websites are worth preserving and maintaining.  To keep them up, I
have assumed full responsibility for the financial hosting of the
server.  I'm happy to say that the current server costs are covered by
the Patreon campaign I started last year.

I plan to keep working with SignWriting on a part-time basis.  I will
have office hours on Saturday, central standard time.
* 7:30 am Gitter Public Chat
* 9am YouTube Live
* 10:30 am Chat with Val
* 1pm Server and Development

In 3 weeks, chances are good that I may start a full-time job outside of
SignWriting.  These three weeks are very important because I need to
rebuild the current SignWriting Server that hosts all of our websites. 
We will have a Simple SignWriting Server that only sends files without
any server processing.  We will have a Legacy SignWriting Server that
supports PHP for SignPuddle 2 and SignPuddle 3 and others. Once the two
new servers are built and configured, I'll shut down the current
SignWriting Server.  This will make sure the websites are up, stable,
and running for the next few years.

The year 2020 is a year of transitions, new directions, and letting go. 
The new direction is to embrace JavaScript for both the browser and the
server with node.  The standards are solid and I have several useful
packages to share that are fully documented with online training
available.  Once I have the first three packages fully complete, I will
start the react component library.  Rather than trying to create a
mutli-user platform for SignWriting, I'm going to focus on the
foundation and offer tools to other developers so that they can use and
create with SignWriting for their own websites and apps.

The YouTube station will be called the SignWriting Stream.  I will show,
teach, and demo the Sutton SignWriting resources we've put together. 
The first episode is this Saturday.  So far the channel is empty.
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Let me know if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns.

Regards,
-Steve
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