The SignWriting Fonts Test Page and Unicode 8 next year

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Sun Sep 7 02:32:09 UTC 2014

SignWriting List
September 6, 2014

Hello Steve -
A special thank you, to you, and to all those working on this project. It is exciting to think that SignWriting was voted into Unicode, and will be available as a part of Unicode version 8 in the summer of 2015, but it is also stressful too, because there is much to be done before SignWriting truly functions in Unicode - Getting a working Font is a part of this process, to make Unicode functional for SignWriting.

I am starting to feel your excitement that the Font development is very close indeed. This is a particularly exciting page to read, Steve. Thank you for writing this page:

SignWriting for sign languages in Unicode 8 using SVG Glyphs in OpenType Fonts

I am following this discussion with interest…

Val ;-)


On Sep 6, 2014, at 7:24 AM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <slevin at> wrote:

> Hi list,
> Next year, the Unicode 8 specification will include the SignWriting symbols as described in the ISWA 2010.
> I'm hoping we can have a Unicode 8 specific font available before the official release next year.
> --------------------------------------
> 1: SignWriting Fonts Test Page
> --------------------------------------
> Once we have a font created for the SignWriting symbols in Unicode 8, we can test it against this page.
> --------------------------------------
> 2: Data File of Unicode Strings to SVG Glyphs
> --------------------------------------
> On the above test page, I have a 1.1 MB zipped data file of Unicode strings  to SVG Glyph definition.  One glyph per line.  The 37,811 glyphs will easily fit into a 16-bit font.  In theory, the automation of an OpenType Font with SVG Glyphs should be possible. I've put together a small write-up on a typography forum.
> Regards,
> -Steve



Valerie Sutton
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