Way back in 2008, I had a new baby daughter, and I’d just joined the Institute of Educational Technology, after a couple of rewarding years in the VLE team at The Open University (Learning and Teaching Solutions, LTS).
I can’t remember more context … Suffice to say, I came across some animated GIFs illustrating how to finger-spell using British Sign Language (BSL). Some sites I looked at are ian.barnsley and BritishSignLanguage.com.
You can see the result at
I moved on to other projects, and the idea languished. To preserve the code, I put it into Bitbucket in 2011.
Sign to get started:
I’m happy to say that I’ve revived the
sign-machine project on GitHub.
It uses the same animated GIF images, and currently supports British Sign Language.
It can be embedded on a site with just three lines of HTML — the snippet uses jQuery 2.2.4:
I’d love some feedback on this idea. Is it sane, and can you think of potential uses? Would you like to see it in your language? American/ French/ Swedish … Sign Language? Would you like it extended beyond finger-spelling?