[Sw-l] A review of Formal SignWriting

Stephen Slevinski slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Tue Jul 23 11:18:22 EDT 2019

Hi SignWriting list,

Recently I found an interesting blog on ASL and SignWriting.  They 
reviewed the Formal SignWriting standard document.  They rated the 
standard a 9 out of 10.

I'll share my response later, but I'm very interested in anyone else's 
review of Formal SignWriting or reactions to the review.

"draft-slevinski-formal-signwriting" is the name of the document that I 
submit to the IETF every 6 months.  It defines the core components of 
SignWriting text as usable data.  Formal SignWriting documents an 
international standard that we can all freely use and share.

Over the past 15 years, I changed the data formats several times. Each 
update required a conversion routine for the data and an internal 
rewrite of some of the code.

Formal SignWriting in ASCII (FSW) was set in 2012.  It has been stable 
since release and is still valuable to use.
SignWriting in Unicode (SWU) was set in 2017.  It has been stable since 
release and is very valuable to use.  It is not part of the Unicode 
standard, but overwrites Unicode characters and poaches Plane 4 for 
Sutton SignWriting.

Unicode remains an issue till this day.  I attended several Unicode 
Technical Committee (UTC) meetings and submitted several document, but I 
never made any progress.  We have different ideas and concerns.




Valerie Sutton
SignWriting List moderator
sutton at signwriting.org

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