Wikipedia American Sign Language

Adam Frost icemandeaf at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 21 22:50:00 UTC 2007

I have to smile at that because I am basicably in the same boat. (That and time.)



-----Original Message-----
From: "Cherie Wren" <cwterp at YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2007 15:46:18 
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Subject: Re: [sw-l] Wikipedia American Sign Language

Oh I would LOVE to go to Taiwan.  Unfortunately, the pocketbook disagrees...  ::grin::


----- Original Message ----
From: Valerie Sutton <signwriting at>
To: sw-l at
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2007 3:20:57 PM
Subject: Re: [sw-l] Wikipedia American Sign Language

SignWriting List
April 21, 2007

Hello Everyone!
This is so inspiring to realize we are taking this first step  
forward. Thank you for offering to write an article...the most busy  
people have volunteered...but you are also those who know the issues  
so well maybe this is where we need to inspire  
others to start writing too...

This morning I had the pleasure of speaking for almost 2 hours on the  
phone with the Netherlands, with one of the Wikimedia languages  
subcommittee members, whom I met, through email conversations  
recently, and we talked about creating an SVG version of our IMWA  
symbols, to enhance future computer programming...

And I was also given support for the idea of experimenting with  
writing our first encyclopedia articles in ASL, on our SignPuddle  
site...the more writing the better...

And I was informed about other Wikimedia events...such as the  
Wikimania Conference 2007 in Taiwan, I believe? And I was asked if  
someone would want to present SignWriting at that conference...Anyone  
want to travel to Taiwan?

I am going to step out in the beautiful Springtime air and be back  
shortly -

Val ;-)


On Apr 21, 2007, at 11:29 AM, Cherie Wren wrote:

> I volunteer to help...
> cherie
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Valerie Sutton <sutton at>
> To: List SignWriting <sw-l at>
> Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007 8:41:27 PM
> Subject: [sw-l] Wikipedia American Sign Language
> SignWriting List
> April 20, 2007
> Hello SW List Members!
> As you all know, recently there has been interest in creating a
> possible ASL Wikipedia, or at least, the beginning of writing an
> Encyclopedia in ASL...
> Since we are new to writing and posting documents on the web, in our
> SignPuddle 1.5 Literature Puddle online, I realize that this is a
> very big leap forward, to start writing encyclopedia articles in ASL!
> To write such an article, we would need to either choose an article
> already written in another encyclopedia, and then translate it from
> English to ASL and then write it in SignWriting in SignText...
> or...
> write it directly from our own knowledge of physics, or geography or
> whatever the article is about!
> This seems like a big new project, doesn't it?
> is my thought...
> Do we have volunteers to help us write one test-article for a new
> encyclopedia written in ASL?
> It will be our FIRST article for an encyclopedia in a test
> drive. Then we can show the document to those at Wikimedia and to
> others too...It will be an historic and interesting adventure...
> I know many of you are already overloaded with projects, so only
> volunteer if you feel you have the time. We could create an
> Encylopedia team of writers, and each person could take a small
> section of the translation and writing...
> And there is no rush and no deadline.
> Plus we need to choose the one article we want to write...
> But before we choose the article, is there anyone interested in
> volunteering to write an article for an Encyclopedia?
> Once we have a few volunteers, I will write to the Wikimedia language
> committee to suggest that maybe they can choose one article for us to
> translate from the Wikipedia in English online...
> Those are my thoughts...
> What are yours?
> Val ;-)
> Ahhh...imagining that irresistible "new car" smell?
> Check out new cars at Yahoo! Autos.

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