Preparing for SignPuddle 2

Steve Slevinski slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Mon Jan 18 15:17:26 UTC 2010

Hi List,

In February, I'm going to start the update to SignPuddle 2.  The primary 
change will be the switch to the SignWriting Image Server.  For the user 
interface, the new SignMaker and SignText will be most apparent. 

On the back end, I'll be changing how I encode the data.  Instead of XML 
and comma delimited data, I'll be using the open standard of Binary 
SignWriting.  From a user's perspective, it doesn't matter how the data 
is encoded.  From a programmer's perspective, the data matters a lot.

Last year, we had a nearly flawless transition from the previous symbol 
set of the International MovementWriting Alphabet (IMWA) to the latest 
symbol set of the International SignWriting Alphabet 2008 (ISWA 2008).

This year, we'll have the data change to Binary SignWriting.  I've 
already written the conversion library and it appears to be working 
great.  There is a single problem where people were using punctuation in 
the spelling of a sign.  Punctuation should always be used by itself and 
always in the middle lane.  The new data format and the new SignText 
enforce the proper use of punctuation.

I'm pleased with how the conversion is working.  I've added new links to 
SignPuddle 1.5 you can see at the bottom of a sign's detail: view and 
analyze.  Links are provided for sign and sign texts.  The data can be 
encoded in BSW or UTF-8.  The UTF-8 can be used with Unicode, but may 
require 3 times as much data to send online compared to BSW.

The analysis page is very interesting.  It provides a readout of the 
data.  It links every symbol to the ISWA 2008 HTML Reference Guide.  The 
analysis is not meant for reading, but for analyzing the data. 



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