SignWriting List
April 6, 2013

Hello Steve!

Congratulations once again on a super idea and I am so happy to learn that we are close to being able to use the SWTV (SignWriting Thin Viewer ;-)

Since I am not a programmer, it takes me a little longer to grasp these new developments, but I applaud this big step forward and we certainly do need it…making SignWriting universally seen on any web browser is very very important - and of course our SignWriting Wikipedia project will be greatly benefited from this:

ASL Wikipedia Project on Wikimedia Labs

I assume that we still compose the documents in SignPuddle, and then grab the FSW code from the SignPuddle document and paste it into any browser…and then click on the SWTV link in the browser Toolbar? is that right?

Val ;-)


On Apr 6, 2013, at 8:46 PM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi List,

I'm excited.  The realization of an idea and explosive new possibilities.  Introducing the Universal SignWriting Plugins.

I've updated my homepage and I'm hopeful that other people will see the wow factor.  The scaffolding is based on Twitter's Bootstrap, but it's just an example.

There is no preferred software package anymore.  Use what you're using, just use Formal SignWriting and add the SignWriting Thin Viewer.  Formal SignWriting is universally supported on the web with a simple javascript plugin and 2 lines of code.  Based on ASCII, SVG, HTML, regular expressions, and the document object model: Formal SignWriting is forging ahead.

Any sign language, any where on the web can use use the SignWriting Thin Viewer.  The viewer is currently mono sized and mono spaced.  CSS integration and more advanced features to come.

Next week I will prepare a custom plugin for MediaWiki software and submit it for a security review.  If it passes the review, Wikimedia projects will be able to support the display of real SignWriting in an editable form.  

I'm hoping we can move the ASL Wikipedia Project to Wikimedia Incubator.  In theory, any sign language could request a project on Wikimedia Incubator because the display technology will be available.


PS - I selected and copied the initial SignWriting Text from

Here is the regular paste:


Here is the same paste without formatting:

The ASCII strings represent the signs.  It is the best option for transmitting sign language logograms.  If you see a sign on the Internet that you like, select it and copy it.  If it's based on the Universal SignWriting Plugin, you'll be able to share and build with your community.