SignWriting List
March 2, 2012

Hello Claudia and Bill -

Thank you, Bill, for your amazing help - Your help is invaluable -

Claudia, as far as I know, SignFont is no longer in use. There are actually 100s of systems in the world, most of them private and small. People need a way to write sign languages, and they oftentimes do not know of other systems, so they invent their own…or…they desire to invent a better system. So there are many systems, and most of them come and go very fast…because it takes a lot of work and long-term commitment to get a writing system to actually function for more than a few people - so any system that is really in use today, and is really used by a lot of people, is a system to take note of…but otherwise I would suggest that making a comparison to a system that is not in use, is probably not worthy of your Ph.D - that is just my opinion -

So if I were teaching a system comparisons class, I would present SignWriting, Stokoe Notation, and HamNoSys, and then mention that there may be others. In fact, in Italy, from Naples, there is a writing system. The inventor of that writing system sent me information recently, and told me that he has visited your event in honor of Elena? Do you already know about this Italian system? Would you like information about that system? I can send it to you - 

Smile -

Thank you again for both of your efforts to find SignFont!

Val ;-)


On Mar 2, 2012, at 5:30 AM, Bill Reese wrote:

After looking at those pages a little closer, I realized that the reason I could see the signfonts on those archived webpages was because I had the fonts installed on my computer.  So, you'll need to do that before looking at the webpages. 


On 3/2/2012 8:23 AM, Bill Reese wrote:
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Not all of the webpages work and many of the pictures aren't there anymore, but it appears that the SignFont itself still shows through, along with the descriptions.

Best to save those webpages to hard-drive lest they disappear from the Internet entirely.

I had also saved the Windows fonts many years ago and am attaching them here.


On 3/2/2012 7:16 AM, Claudia S. Bianchini wrote:
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Hello everybody....
I'm writing the part of my phd thesis where I compare SW to other transcription/writing systems...
But I can't find the symbol set of Newkirk's SignFont.
Is there someone that has a screenshot or an image of this symbole set (I don't need a text, but just the sequences of the set, to see how he write facial expressions, hands, movements, etc.. I have texts but I can't understant how SignFont works)

Claudia S. Bianchini
PhD Student @ Univ. Paris8 + CNRS-UMR7023-SFL
PhD Student @ Univ. Studi di Perugia + CNR-ISTC-SLDS
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