On 4/8/13 3:04 AM, MARIA GALEA wrote:
> Dear Steve,
> Well done for the accomplishment - however all this information is just an
> unknown language for me since my programming skills are non-existent. Do
> you think you could somehow simplify what is going on.

On 4/8/13 7:58 AM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
> Hi Maria,
> this is exactly what has been on my mind. I would love to estimate what is
> going on but I do not understand ... Will this accomplichment change
> anything in the way I am using SignWriting with SignPuddle or the
> delegs-software?
> Thanks for your message!
> All best
> Stefan

Hi Stefan & Maria,

Thanks for your patience and interest.

When reading SignWriting, we want to see the signs like...

However, that is a graphic.  The real name of each sign is a string.

If we use ASCII, the text is:

Unicode without a font (image)

Unicode without a font (characters)
󽠃󽼒󽼝󽡼󽠒󽠠󽻭󽻣󽦡󽠐󽠦󽼃󽻵 󽠃󽼗󽼤󽨛󽠔󽠨󽻱󽼄󽠰󽠑󽠡󽼂󽻛󽨛󽠐󽠤󽼇󽻽󽠰󽠑󽠩󽻩󽻤

Unicode with a local font:
screen capture from
with Graphite enabled in Firefox.

Formal SignWriting
Until the SignWriting font is perfected, we will be using Formal 
SignWriting as the ASCII codes.

Here is what Formal SignWriting looks like:
M518x533S1870a489x515S18701482x490S20500508x496S2e734500x468 S38800464x496

The word "Formal" is used in the technical sense of a "Formal 
language".  It basically means each word is formed as a string of 

The Plugin
The plugin basically takes the ASCII string and wraps it for 
presentation.  This first plugin works for web pages and HTML 
documents.  The writers must still deal with the FSW, but the reader is 
shown the SignWriting images.

Please view without the plugin enabled.

Notice the Formal SignWriting strings.  If you have the SignWriting Thin 
Viewer bookmark ready, you can run the plugin in your browser to show 
the SignWriting instead of the Formal SignWriting.

Now view with the plugin enabled.

The purpose of the plugin is to replace the Formal SignWriting strings 
and display the SignWriting.

If the web site includes the SignWriting Thin Viewer, you will see the 

If the web site does not use the SignWriting Thin Viewer, you will see 
the Formal SignWriting ASCII strings.  It is here that you can use the 

I hope to explain it better with videos and more features in the near 

I'd be happy to answer any questions.