Along with fellow participant Neil we spent the day learning some signwriting skills from Wayne, chatting about letters and sharing plenty of tea and biscuits. It was an early start on a cold morning. I arrived in Sudbury end of the line just as the sun was creeping over the horizon.
Score A Impact potential Does it have the potential to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects, either in terms of content, contributors, or both? Does it have the potential for online impact? Can it be sustained, scaled, or adapted elsewhere after the grant ends?
Does it have community support? I am not sure that it fits Wikimedia's strategic priorities. It will be probably more useful outside the Wikimedia environment. Its online impact is also doubtful as there is a controversy regarding the usefulness of Sutton's system in general.
It does have a potential for online impact, and is especially good for scaling elsewhere outside Wikimedia projects. The success can be measured but there are risks that few people will really use the developed font or that the software developers will adopt it.
The approach is more iterative than innovative. Risks are much greater than potential impact.
If proposed characters are not accepted into Unicode, this proposal will fail. If this proposal requires significant changes to MediaWiki core and there are no WMF devs available, it will fail.
It is not the only font for sign language, and there signwriting alphabet sign no proof community will prefer this font over any others. The project and its budget is essentially a sum of two unrelated projects: The budget is probably realistic except for the training part which heavily depends on success of the first part.
Major part of the budget is dedicated to development of Unicode characters and is poorly explained. There is some community engagement and community support. Andyes, it does support diversity. Plus for diversity and minus for the lack of endorsements: I hoped to see more involvement of other editors and readers.
There is no large public discussion or analysis. On one hand, it is very good for diversity. On the other hand, it looks very much like selling the system to a community, not vice versa. I don't see an impact for Wikimedia projects. Basically I agree with the comment of Blue Rasberry.
The development of these fonts make sense if there will be a sign language Wikipedia, but at the moment the outcome seems to me to be only to advantage the Sutton Foundation. Given the budgetary constraints we have, I'm recommending that we only fund the technology portion.
A separate project should be funded for the training portion. I'm concerned about the focus on VOLT and would like to see more focus on adapting Unicode with the needed characters. Note that this comment in phabricator would have helped, some.
After reading more about the schedule, I think this should be focused on making MW work with the font and then a second project should handle the education and training bit.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend it for funding. First, it does not seem to be strongly related to the Wikimedia priorities. Second, the usefulness of the Sutton's system is not without doubt. In case the font development is funded it should be at least separated from the training.
Only after the font is developed, tested and incorporated into the software should further funding be provided for any training sessions. The impact is quite limited, the writing itself isn't globally adopted and I see lack of endorsement: Big costs of Font Developer: No serious analysis showing that people are interested in editing or improving ASL Wikipedia.
I don't think we are a good funder for this.Sutton SignWriting, or simply, SignWriting, is a system of writing sign languages. It is highly featural and visually iconic, both in the shapes of the characters, which are abstract pictures of the hands, face, and body, and in their spatial arrangement on the page, which does not follow a sequential order like the letters that make up written.
This page perfect bound reference manual devotes a full page to each of the hand symbols of the International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA ), used to write over 40 sign languages in the SignWriting barnweddingvt.com: Valerie Sutton, Adam Frost. Our Alphabet Stencils Page includes Stencils from different types of Alphabets and Different styles of writing, or font types.
From Sign Language to Chinese there's . SignWriting uses a code system to represent each signed word in much the same way that Spanish or English use a phonemic alphabet to transcribe the sounds of speech that form each spoken word.
Metaphorically speaking, we may best describe SignWriting as "visually phonetic". Sutton Movement Writing is the International Movement Writing Alphabet (the IMWA).
Typed by computer or written by hand, the IMWA is used to record all human and animal gesture. Typed by computer or written by hand, the IMWA is used to record all human and animal gesture.
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