If you're looking at this page and you're not a developer, you probably want the user pages for SignWriter, swDrill, or swLib. If you want to learn more about SignWriting, you want SignWriting.org, the main SignWriting site. Except for a shared interest in encouraging the use of SignWriting, we are unaffiliated with that site.
In brief, SignWriting® is a graphical alphabet for describing gestural languages, such as American Sign Language in the US and other sign languages for the deaf elsewhere. If you're unfamiliar with SignWriting, try SignWriting.org's introductory lesson which includes a number of SignWriting symbols to give you a feel for it.
The swApps project is a set of open source™ cross-platform applications that use and display SignWriting symbols. One set of applications uses the Java Virtual Machine as its cross-platform basis. Another set of applications is built on a common library (swLib) which uses the free wxWindows cross-platform application framework for displaying images and providing interaction.
The swApps strategy is to develop a library of useful routines (for example, display a symbol, pick a symbol from a dictionary, and compose glyphs into a symbol). Applications can then be created quickly by building on this set of routines.
To make sure that the swApps project continues to evolve, we need your help. That's the nature of Open Source projects.
To help, you don't have to be deaf, or have any expertise in SignWriting. You don't even have to be a programmer. You can write documentation, test applications, translate applications into other languages, or even donate hardware. If you're interested in helping us, please look here.
Any suggestions or comments are welcome.
SignWriting® is a registered mark of the Center for Sutton Movement Writing, Inc.
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