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Constructing a TrueType Font for the SignWriting Script with Unicode Characters using the Graphite Rendering System

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Constructing a TrueType Font for the SignWriting Script with Unicode Characters using the Graphite Rendering System

  1. 1. Constructing a TrueType Font for the SignWriting Script with Unicode Characters using the Graphite Rendering System presented by Stephen E Slevinski Jr in association with the Center for Sutton Movement Writing http://www.signwriting.org/symposium/presentation0019.html SignWriting Symposium 2014 Day 2, time marker 6:07:56
  2. 2. SignWriting Text GraphiteUnicode Font Forge SignWriting Script Is it possible to have a client side TrueType Font for SignWriting? Symbol Font
  3. 3. Outline 1. Background 2. Motivation 3. Quality 4. Future
  4. 4. 1. Background • Symbol Font • Unicode Private Use Area • FontForge • Graphite
  5. 5. Symbol Font • 37,811 symbols • Combined Character Sequence • 674 Characters International SignWriting Alphabet ISWA 2010 http://signbank.org/iswa/ ISWA 2010 HTML Reference
  6. 6. Unicode Private Use Area • Characters for symbols • Characters for structural markers • Number characters
  7. 7. FontForge Import • Naming Convention: u1D800_u1DA8C_u1DA92.svg • Martin Hosken’s symbol import prototype • Eduardo Trápani’s symbol import and space control http://fontforge.org/
  8. 8. Graphite • Smart Font Technology • Graphite Description Language (GDL) • Coordinate Characters http://graphite.sil.org/
  9. 9. 2. Motivation • Client Side - download font and install • No Server Required • Complex Script • User Arrangement
  10. 10. Client Side • iswa.ttf, 6.1 MB • Enable Graphite in Firefox • Github Source download font and install http://signpuddle.net/iswa/ ISWA 2010 Font Reference
  11. 11. No Server Required • SVG Images from Server • Wikimedia Labs Project • Github Source http://swis.wmflabs.org
  12. 12. Complex Script • 2-Dimensional Positioning • Unpredictable Placement • Coordinate Characters
  13. 13. User Arrangement • Exact positioning • Any sign is possible • No gatekeepers • No waiting
  14. 14. 3. Quality • Entire ISWA 2010 • Real 2-dimensional placement • Fuzzy depending on setup • Fill issues • Crashing
  15. 15. Font Comparisons TrueType Font SVG
  16. 16. Font Comparisons TrueType Font SVG
  17. 17. Font Comparisons TrueType Font SVG
  18. 18. Font Comparisons TrueType Font SVG
  19. 19. Font Comparisons TrueType Font SVG
  20. 20. Font Comparisons TrueType Font SVG
  21. 21. 4. Future • Symbol Quality • 2-Color Font • Margin Issues Further font development

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