From: Stephen Slevinski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jun 12 2010 - 11:56:47 CDT
Curtis Clark wrote:
> On 6/11/2010 2:08 PM, Mark E. Shoulson wrote:
>> I should probably read up more about SignWriting before trying to
>> answer, but (yes, that stupid "I should do X but...") I'm wondering
>> if there might be ways to shoehorn things into Unicode's style anyway.
>> One answer might be what was done for Western musical notation.
> Another is the Plane 1 math alphabets, which can be used in ordinary
> writing, but which are more common in formulas with a precise
> 2-dimensional layout: again, a higher-level protocol (in this case,
> MathML or TeX) is needed for full use. (One might even imagine a SignML.)
There is already roundtrip mapping with Binary SignWriting between
12-bit hexadecimal, UTF-8, and XML (called BSWML).
The main problem with using a higher-level protocol is that is regulates
SignWriting to a second class writing system.
As an example, consider Wikipedia. Page names need to be written in the
target language. Page names are supposed to be in UTF-8. Page names as
XML would not be valid.
Besides, I'm much rather parse characters with regular expressions than
rely on XML. XML really is overkill when we are only dealing with 2
types of structures: signs and punctuation.
Here's an example for "hello world" in American Sign Language. Each of
these is equivalent.
UTF-8 (plane 15):
<sym x="-40" y="-16"></sym>
<sym x="-18" y="2"></sym>
<sym x="-13" y="-7"></sym>
<sym x="-20" y="-29"></sym>
<sym x="4" y="-26"></sym>
<sym x="-4" y="-49"></sym>
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