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The Sutton SignWriting Project

Version 2.4.0
February 18th, 2020


The Sutton SignWriting project is designed for the internet community and includes TrueType Fonts, Scalar Vector Graphics, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Functions. The Formal SignWriting specification is a faithful encoding of Sutton SignWriting that is documented in an Internet Draft submitted to the IETF.

Sutton SignWriting Fonts

The Sutton SignWriting TrueType fonts are available for download and installation.

Installing the fonts using the instructions below is not required, but it will improve the user experience. If the fonts are not installed on the system, CSS declarations will install the fonts in the browser cache.

Sutton SignWriting Fonts
Copyright (c) 1974-2018, Center for Sutton Movement Writing, inc
Licensed under the SIL Open Font License v1.1

Sutton SignWriting JavaScript Libraries

The JavaScript libraries leverage the TrueType fonts without any additional requirements. Simply include a Sutton SignWriting JavaScript file in any HTML page to access the functions.

Sutton SignWriting JavaScript Library
Copyright (c) 2007-2019, Steve Slevinski
Licensed under the MIT License

The New Sutton SignWriting Packages for Node and Browser

The Sutton SignWriting JavaScript library has been rewritten for modular packages. These packages are available on GitHub, NPM, and Unpkg.

Version History

  • 2.4.0 - Fed 18th, 2020: updated cdn for fonts and added information about packages
  • 2.3.1 - Mar 14th, 2019: fix for SWU query validation
  • 2.3.0 - Mar 13th, 2019: updated I-D plus fix for SWU regex creation
  • 2.2.0 - Feb 8th, 2018: updated internet draft plus fix for svg and png
  • 2.1.1 - Dec 14th, 2017: fix global replace and return empty string
  • 2.1.0 - Dec 14th, 2017: JS library rewrite with improved SWU support
  • 2.0.0 - Aug 26th, 2017: SWU character rewrite with new fonts
  • 1.4.0 - Aug 14th, 2017: SignWriting in Unicode functions
  • 1.3.2 - Jul 24th, 2017: improved character symbol page and js fixes
  • 1.3.1 - Jul 20th, 2017: mac config profile and updated I-D
  • 1.3.0 - Jul 12th, 2017: plane 15 line font
  • 1.2.0 - Jun 30th, 2017: 1D fonts and Unicode options
  • 1.1.3 - Mar 2nd, 2017: handle null values
  • 1.1.2 - Mar 2nd, 2017: unicode 8 inherent fn
  • 1.1.1 - Dec 28th, 2016: draft character links
  • 1.1.0 - Dec 22nd, 2016: updated Unicode proposal
  • 1.0.2 - Oct 14th, 2016: styling string fixes
  • 1.0.1 - Oct 4th, 2016: url fix
  • 1.0.0 - Oct 4th, 2016: init


Sutton SignWriting is the universal and complete solution for written sign language



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