Starting to create IWMA symbols in SVG

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Oct 5 01:21:29 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
October 4, 2005

> On Jul 25, 2005, at 10:04 AM, Trevor Jenkins wrote:
> I plan to do both. Create an SVG file for each basic shape, a  
> single SVG with those basic shapes, in addition to creating font  
> files (both OpenType/TrueType and PostScript Type 1). A programmer  
> will have to do the maths for rotation, reflection and rotation, or  
> just reflection in order to get all the symbols. Regards, Trevor

SW List Members, Trevor, Geoffrey, Stuart, Steve, Tim, Bart, Steven  
and everyone...

Back in July, Trevor wrote to the SignWriting List on the issue of  
converting all of the symbols in the IMWA to vector graphics, which  
includes TrueType, Postscript and SVG formats (see excerpt above).

Vector graphics will make the symbols in SignPuddle and SignBank look  
better...For example, the diagrams in Stefan's new book, and in the  
Parkhurst's textbook, are done with True Type, and True Type, if I  
understand it correctly, is a form of vector graphics. So is SVG. And  
Steve tells me that SignPuddle can use an SVG version of the IMWA  
someday, which will make our circles look perfect!

The current version of the IMWA is version 1.2. It includes 26,261  
bitmap images in PNG format.

I am now working on a new version of the IMWA, version 1.3. I hope to  
have it complete in January 2006. Version 1.3 will include additional  
symbols plus every existing symbol (all 26,261) will be formatted  
based on the following format (see attached file)....continued next  

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