An update regarding SignWriting and Unicode

Gagnon et Thibeault atg at VIDEOTRON.CA
Sat Jun 11 15:45:49 UTC 2011

Hi Steve and everyone,

    Steve, thank you for your answers.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Slevinski" <slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET>
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: An update regarding SignWriting and Unicode

> Hi André,
>> Regarding SignWriting and Univode, if UTC and WG2 approve them in 2012, 
>> will we then be able to use the keyboarding without the mouse?
> The short answer is no.  Unicode is a data standard, not a magic pill. 
> There is nothing inherently special about Unicode with regards to 
> keyboarding.
> The long answer is probably yes.  First, Unicode acceptance will 
> definitively mark the stability of the symbol set.  Second, Unicode 
> acceptance will help cement the idea that SignWriting is a writing system 
> that is meant to be used by the public.
> These perceptions of stability and usability will foster an environment 
> where more projects will hopefully be started.  Projects will be able to 
> build on past successes and will be able to freely communicate with other 
> projects.
> Keyboarding with SignWriting is a proven technique.  There are several 
> hurdles to tackle for the current symbol set, but none that are too 
> difficult.  These hurdles were completed for smaller symbol sets of the 
> past, and there is no reason that can not be completed for the ISWA 2010.
> Regards,
> -Steve

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