Hi Val and SignWriting List,
Here is my report for Friday, September 7th, 2018. I usually send
my Friday updates to Val privately, but I thought I would share for
the remainder of 2018. This is report 1 of 17.
I had another good week with SignPuddle 3 development. I spent some
time working on the front-end layout.
It's coming along nicely. I am using CSS grids and flexbox.
I was able to improve the button design with CSS flexbox. The
buttons now look great in all of the browsers.
This week, I was also working on my build tools for the server
side. From my source files, several different types of developer
API documentation are created using python scripts. I have
plain-text API Blueprint, I have JSON data that is easy to parse, I
have static HTML documentation, and I have live API calls from HTML
pages. Developers can use these tools to access the SignPuddle 3
data and features.
I am currently working on milestone 1: Searching for SignWriting in
Unicode (SWU) with the SignPuddle 3 databases. I need to integrate
regular expression searching with UTF-32 using an SQLite database.
Technical work that needs to be done. I almost have everything
ready for a trail run. I should have this done early next week.
Next is the user interface and translation section. While the
developer documentation is primarily in English, the SignPuddle 3
user interface will be international, supporting multiple
languages. This effort should take a week or two. I will be
working on the translation front-end and the developer API.
Other than that, I was able to help a few people through email with
software. There has been a lot of renewed interest in the
PocketPuddle and the PersonalPuddle. I posted instructions for
building a PersonalPuddle v2 on Windows in the Sutton SignWriting
facebook group. The software is showing it's age, but it offers
possibilities not available anywhere else.
SignPuddle 3 will also have a PersonalPuddle counterpart. I have an
improved design that will be available when I post the first release
of SignPuddle 3 later this year. I'm really excited that the
PersonalPuddle will be able to print dictionaries to PDF without an
internet connection. Next year, I hope to add literature to PDF
PS - This report is 1 of 17 because there are 17 Fridays left in the
year 2018. I am committed to SignWriting development, but 2019 is
Thanks to Valerie Sutton and the Center for Sutton Movement Writing,
my development work has been fully funded for the past 14 years.
Unfortunately, there is a structural funding problem with the
non-profit starting next year. My development work for 2019 is only
Rather than worry Valerie Sutton, I decided to start a Patreon
campaign for 2019 and beyond. I am currently 5% towards my 2019
goal. I received two new patrons this week. One person giving $10
a month, the other giving $1 a month. I am very grateful to you
I enjoy working with SignWriting and hope to continue with
development full-time. If this is to happen, I need your support.
I know that many are not able to financially support my work and
that is fine. Our work is free to use and I'm here to help.
However, if you can afford even $1 a month, I would be happy to have
you on the team. Also, please consider sharing my information with
other people, groups, and institutions.
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