[Sw-l] [SPAM] Re: 2-D SignWriting Font and Sign Language Wikipedia projects
Catharina A. Pel
tinipel at BELL.NET
Thu Mar 23 13:48:01 EDT 2017
Where do I sign Steve?
> On Mar 23, 2017, at 10:50 AM, Stephen Slevinski <slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET> wrote:
> Hi SignWriting List,
> Valerie Sutton's non-profit, the Center for Sutton Movement Writing, is applying for a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and we'd like your help. We have 2 weeks to demonstrate that there is significant interest for sign language Wikipedia and Wiktionary projects. The community review ends April 4th.
> The grant write-up is available online:
> * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/slevinski/ASL_Wikipedia_2-D_Font_Development_for_SignWriting
> Part of the grant process includes showing that there is community support for the ideas and purpose of the grant. We need individuals and groups to endorse our grant proposal. The endorsements can be written directly on the grant page linked above. Alternatively, the endorsements can be sent to this list or privately in email.
> The main purpose of the grant is to improve the technology available for the sign language Wikipedia and Wiktionary projects. We need to show that there is interest in the sign language Wikipedia and Wiktionary projects.
> The grant is for the construction of a true 2-D font for SignWriting. Our current fonts only deal with the individual symbols of SignWriting and require SVG to arrange the sign images in 2 dimensions. The new font will add the 2-dimensional arrangement directly to the font rendering layer, the same as other script fonts.
> The grant includes a supplemental Unicode proposal for 17 additional characters. Building on the already accepted 672 Unicode characters for SignWriting, the new characters will make it possible to fully define a sign as a pure string of Unicode characters. The new 2-D font will use these Unicode strings to display SignWriting.
> The great benefit of full Unicode strings is that we will be able to display SignWriting in any software and on any website. We will be able to freely copy-and-paste between websites and software without having to create custom plugins or extensions. The new 2-D font will definitely benefit the Wikimedia projects, but it will also benefit the entire SignWriting community.
> So if you would like to help, please endorse the grant on the link above or through email. If you could pass this request along to anyone else who might be interested, that would be appreciated.
> -Stephen E Slevinski Jr
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