[sw-l] challenge for programmers

Stuart Thiessen sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG
Tue Jun 21 12:29:27 UTC 2005

Hi, Tomas!

That is something that my organization (Pass It On Services) is very 
interested in. With Valerie's approval, we have been working to build a 
team to do something in this area.  The key issues have been working 
out some of the technology questions and finding the funding to pay for 
people's time to design the font and work on the various other elements 
of a solution. Some experts in this kind of work like Michael Everson 
and the Summer Institute of Linguistics are very willing to help but we 
have the issue of finding funding to support the project.

I have also felt that we need to give the IMWA some time to settle.  
While Valerie's system is very flexible, Unicode is not as flexible if 
you want to keep the symbols in "sorting order".  If a new symbol is 
needed, it will be harder to insert it in the middle of an established 
Unicode ordering. Giving the IMWA time to settle and time for us to 
evaluate the system to see what else is needed is an important step in 
this process, I think.  In the meantime, I hope to see what we can do 
to work on the other aspects of it so that when it seems like we have a 
good basis for this, we can move forward on it.

If anyone on the list has any suggestions on where to find funding for 
this project, we would love to move forward on it.  We have a list of 
foundations here in Iowa that we are planning to contact but most of it 
is small grants.



On Jun 21, 2005, at 2:49, Tomáš Klapka wrote:

>  IMVHO there is need of:
>  - standard (adding IMWA into the Unicode)
>  - fonts (vector fonts /TrueType/)
>  - input method (create system /windows,linux,.../ compatible input 
> methods)
>  What is the state of standardization of IMWA and process of including 
> IMWA into the Unicode?
>  I think it is the most important step.
>  And what about creating of TrueType fonts for IMWA? AFAIK it is just 
> pictures now, which is almost unable to use in standard applications. 
> TrueType is vector type and it is possible to change size of the text 
> without lost of rendering quality.
>  Is there any core team to work on these issues?
>  Tomas
>  Lucyna Dlugolecka wrote:Imagine the world in 2015. ;-)
>> SW is known by the Deaf in most countries of the world, they can 
>> write in their SLs, read books in SLs and even read news in SLs on 
>> the web. And can they use Google to search for SL words within SW 
>> pages? Ha! :-)
>> Programmers, now you see what the challenge for you is :-)
>> Lucyna
>> GG 3618151 SMS +48505273292
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