Hi SignWriting List,
The state of Sutton SignWriting is strong. We have an established
International user base and we have the standards of 2010, 2012, and
2017 to build upon. SignWriting is thriving and SignWriting is
I would love to hear about any projects around the world, or even a
status update from any of our teachers or groups. If you have
something really great to report, consider adding to the SignWriting
Symposium with a set of files that can include any of the following:
video, powerpoint, PDF, or anything else.
This year, I'm going to have two additions to the SignWriting
Symposium 2018: "For the Future of Sutton SignWriting" and "The
SignPuddle 3 User Experience".
The first presentation is available online:
The second presentation is a work in progress and will be available
later this year.
My current focus is SignPuddle 3: a long term project. I have an
old beta release of SignPuddle 3, but changing standards and designs
have caused delays. I'm happy to report that the standards are set.
If you would like to sign on your agreement with the standards of
2010, 2012, or 2017, let me know through email, facebook, the
SignWriting List, or Patreon. If you are a member of a school,
university, or group, your support is particularly important.
With the standards set, the next issue is the design. This has also
changed over the years, at every level. I've been trying to think
at a higher level, and I found the CUBI UX model: Content, User
Goals, Business Goals, and Interactions for User Experience.
While SignPuddle 2 was reactive and possible, the user experience
was secondary. In 2004, I started with a two-dimensional
understanding of SignWriting and started to create data. Over the
years, I've kept the data current through changes in symbol set and
data encoding. SignPuddle 2 still has deep legacy code with early
For SignPuddle 3, I still need to maintain the existing data, but I
also need to straighten out the content. In general, SignPuddle 3
will offer several types of collections: interface, dictionary,
literature, fingerspell, and alphabet.
* Interface - used for front end translation into various languages.
* Dictionary - used for standardized spelling, PDF printing, and
* Literature - used for collecting segments of text and ordering
them into a unit for editing, printing, and publishing.
* Fingerspell - used for converting spoken text into a
fingerspelling with SignWriting.
* Alphabet - used for the symbol palette and keyboard organization.
For the user goals and interactions, I'm hoping that people will
want to use the content in SignPuddle 3 to accomplish something,
while at the same time improving the content. I can imagine some of
the goals, but not all of the possibilities. If you have any
stories to tell about your goals and ideal workflows, please share.
For the business goals, I have a hard deadline of January 2019 to
find additional funding. While I learned a lot from the grant
process, my time is better spent finishing the new software. Rather
than raise money through advertising or a paywall, I've decided to
open a Patreon account. If you find my work useful and want it to
continue, consider becoming a patron with a small monthly donation
as small as $1 a month. I understand this isn't possible for
everyone, but if enough people support my work, I can continue and
expand my efforts.
Over the next few months, I will be publishing parts of SignPuddle 3
as it is ready. I'm particularly excited about the integrated
dictionary and improved text editor. New development will continue
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