SVG and Unicode
signwriting at MAC.COM
Tue May 1 16:00:55 UTC 2007
But that is my very point, Stuart...why include the non-linguistic
skateboarding and dance and axe writing symbols at all in Unicode?
why would be want that? Why not just create a Unicode for the
International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA) that is specific to writing
On May 1, 2007, at 8:50 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> I would suggest that the basic symbols for the Movement Writing
> System be included in one file. Then specialized adaptations that
> would be very specific in their application be provided in a
> separate file. I would almost lean toward the idea of reserving a
> space in the PUA (Private Use Area) where specialized symbols for
> movement writing applications could be referenced. The base symbols
> would be a permanent part of Unicode because it is used to write
> sign languages. However, specialized adaptations of Movement
> Writing which are not linguistic in nature could be referenced from
> the PUA and then a specific font could be used to retrieve those
> specialized symbols.
> The reason I suggest that is because it is my understanding that
> Unicode's intent is to store the writing systems for languages, not
> necessarily any kind of transcription. I could be wrong. I will
> find out more when I discuss this project more with my contacts.
> On May 1, 2007, at 10:28, Steve Slevinski wrote:
>> Agreed Stuart, see comments below.
>> Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>>>> Unicode and SVG
>>>> Once each symbol has a unique number, we can create font files
>>>> for SignWriting. We may be able to have a single font file, or
>>>> we may need multiple font files. Since we'll already have the
>>>> SVGs completed, we can use the SVG style fonts. This whole
>>>> process will be repackaging. There should be automated tools
>>>> that can help. Maybe even font experts..
>>> I believe that it should be no problem to contain all the symbols
>>> in one font file. After all, they have font files with nearly
>>> every writing system included that are several megabytes in size.
>>> It may be that our font file has very minimal support for spoken
>>> languages and only contains movement writing symbols.
>> Agreed. However, extension packs need a place in the final
>> solution. Val wrote an entire symbology for wood chopping using
>> an ax. The standard prop system was inadequate. The axes are a
>> part of neither the standard IMWA symbol set nor the SignWriting
>> alphabet. Just because we can fit all of the symbols into one
>> file doesn't mean we should.
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