SignWriting on Bing

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Nov 30 17:58:43 UTC 2009

SignWriting List
November 30, 2009

Stuart Thiessen wrote me this information privately, and gave me  
permission to post it on the List. Thank you, Stuart! Very interesting  
and important information for all of us to remember when posting  
videos etc...I am behind the times, I see, when it comes to ase  
encoding...Val ;-)


> On Nov 30, 2009, at 9:08 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>> Sure, you can share that with the list.  Like Gerard mentioned, ase  
>> (lowercase) is the ISO-639-3 code for ASL, so there will be that  
>> challenge of matching searches for ASL to the ISO code of ase. But  
>> that is what it is, I guess, for now.  I'm sure once more documents  
>> get out there and hearing people recognize it, the search engines  
>> will be able to connect searches for ASL to the appropriate  
>> documents. In fact, the same lang="ase" for example can be used to  
>> mark video as well.
>> Thanks,
>> Stuart


On Nov 30, 2009, at 8:27 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:

> I did a quick search and found out there is a way to indicate which  
> language is being used on a webpage.
> If you set up your beginning HTML tag to read something like: <HTML  
> lang="<INSERT ISO-639 code here.">, then it should indicate what  
> language is on the page. That would be one way to mark pages  
> specifically in a sign language.
> Here is the most recent listing of ISO 639-3 codes that I know of: 
> . Sign languages that have been registered with the ISO authority  
> already have their own separate code.
> FYI,
> Stuart


> On Nov 30, 2009, at 09:12 , SignWriting wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> November 30, 2009
>> On Nov 25, 2009, at 2:32 AM, Gerard Meijssen wrote:
>>> When you post on the Internet, is there a code that identifies a  
>>> text as ASL or better even as SignWriting ? It is one of the  
>>> easiest and more obvious ways of helping search engines.. All that  
>>> it takes is including a code as meta data in the document.
>>> Thanks, Gerard
>> Hello Gerard!
>> At the moment, we are not there yet. Of course we post documents  
>> written in ASL or any other sign language all the time...literally  
>> hundreds if not thousands have already been posted by me, in our  
>> SignWriting Archives, and by others of course, and all those  
>> documents are in PDF format, so the directories grab the spoken  
>> language information in the PDF used to give the PDF a title, and  
>> so it is listed in Google...we are posting documents in written  
>> sign languages, but using spoken languages to list the titles in  
>> the internet directories...
>> Google is in many countries and in time, when we are  
>> ready, i had planned to ask them to help us make written sign  
>> languages available in the titles of the Google listings...just  
>> haven't gotten there yet...
>> Google, I understand, is around 80 per cent of the directory usage  
>> in the world, so I would love to work with them someday on this  
>> issue...
>> Val ;-)
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