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The Finnish Sign Language is the first language of about 5000 people. The Finnish Sign Language is mentioned in the Finnish Constitution and this way it is recognized by the state as a natural language. In Finland speakers of the Finnish Sign Language hold a right to use it as their mother tongue.
SupportSupport The Finnish Sign Language community is active and with interest on new technology and its possibilities to strength their language and culture. I assume that when there will be more requests of Sign Languages in the Wikipedia, some of the innovations made among the Finnish Sign Language community can be replicated to other sign language projects, too. --Teemul 19:12, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Oppose Oppose Finnish sign language is not a written language per se. Anyone who knows Finnish Sign Language is much more likely to speak Finnish anyways, so their efforts would be much better concentrated there. Monobi (talk) 21:50, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
Sign languages are written languages. The script is called SignWriting. There is an extension for MediaWiki called the SignWriting MediaWiki Plugin that has an alpha release. SignWriting will be added to Unicode; it's only a matter of time. There are several ways to encode SignWriting into Unicode. I prefer the plane 4 solution which you can see in action with this "Hello world" page. Regards, Steve 01:52, 17 December 2008
With your argument we could as well close the Finnish Wikipedia (150 000 articles), too. People who know Finnish also speak most likely English too, so their effort would be "much better" concentrated in there? The point of having Wikipedia in Sign Languages is a matter of having the equal opportunity to operate and study in your native language. --Teemul 22:25, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Okay, but there's still a serious question: does Finnish Sign Language have a written form? If not, do you have a written form in mind, and is it appropriate to create a written form for Wikipedia, or should we wait until it's actually in use in the community first?--Prosfilaes 00:38, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Please be aware, that there is no rule, that Wikipedia must be written down. They could video-tape their signing and publish videos on their Wikipedia instead of written articles. That would be uncommon and would make it hard, to edit articles wiki-like, but it is not illegitimate.
But of course I too want to know, whether there is a written form of Finnish sign, whether it is displayable in Unicode and whether it is well-known in the Finnish sign community. (Cause writing is easier than video-taping) --::Slomox::>< 16:41, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
There may be no written rule that Wikipedia must be written down. I find the use of that fact as a justification to go charging ahead like a bull in a china shop disturbing. 100% of existing Wikipedias are in writing, and the costs of using a video format are huge, in bandwidth, in limited accessibility, in editability. A video-only Wikipedia should accept that it's breaking a de facto rule that's stronger than many de jure rules.--Prosfilaes 22:52, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
Even if the Finnish sign Wikipedia will be extremely popular among the 5000 Finnish signers, that won't mean any bandwidth threat for Wikimedia, I guess. But I too favor a written one. --::Slomox::>< 02:03, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
Oppose Oppose Doesn't seem like there'd be many people to form a community for this, and what's wrong with them using fi.wikipedia? Stifle 08:49, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
Let's keep fi.wikipedia out of this. Their native tongue is not Finnish, and the fact that most of them speak it is no more relevant than any of a hundred other languages with Wikipedias that aren't the dominant language of their land.--Prosfilaes 18:56, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
Oppose Oppose like monobi--Ilaria 13:47, 28 November 2008 (UTC)