The graphemes of SignWriting
slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Thu Oct 7 14:47:24 UTC 2010
Thanks for the comments. I'll try to integrate your ideas. This is
only a brief introduction to the SignWriting script. The main purpose
of the document is to describe a coded character set.
3 Types of graphemes
* The writing graphemes are used in clusters when writing a sign.
* The detailed location graphemes are used individually or in sequence,
but not in a written text. These graphemes represent analysis outside
* The punctuation graphemes are used when writing text. Always alone
and always in the middle lane.
Of the 3 types of grapheme, only the writing graphemes are used in a
Regarding a cluster, that's defined in the next section...
The writing graphemes of the SignWriting script are arranged in spatial
clusters on a variably sized 2 dimensional canvas. Every cluster
has two centers: absolute and artistic.
The absolute center of a cluster is defined as the center of a
bounding box: the smallest possible rectangle that encloses a set of
graphemes. Graphemes for the head and trunk are special for
centering. If a cluster includes any head or trunk graphemes, the
bounding box is only placed around those head and trunk graphemes.
Otherwise, the bounding box is placed around all of the graphemes in
The artistic center of a cluster is the grapheme that the other
graphemes relate or revolve around.
Or you can read the entire working draft. It's not done yet...
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