On 4/8/13 3:04 AM, MARIA GALEA wrote:
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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:
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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

Thanks for your message! 

All best 


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:
M518x529S14c20481x471S27106503x489 M523x536S2eb48485x504S10011502x463S2eb04507x497S10019477x472

Unicode without a font (image)

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

Unicode with a local font:
screen capture from SignPuddle.com
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:
M518x529S14c20481x471S27106503x489 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 characters.

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 SignPuddle.com 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 SignPuddle.com 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 SignWriting:

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 bookmark.

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

I'd be happy to answer any questions.