On March 15th, 1997, I was happy and excited. The night before
I set my alarm for 4:00 in the morning...yes that's right...4:00am...and
I was looking forward to waking up early!
Why? Because after 23 years of hard work, SignWriting was being
broadcast to the world on the Internet by people on the other
side of the globe - in Brazil! And I was an invited guest, just
like everyone else on the Internet. I didn't have to do anything
except stay awake and watch photographs of the workshop being
projected on my computer screen :-)
The workshop started at 9:30 in the morning in Brazil, and Brazil
is five hours ahead of California, so 9:30 was 4:30 for anyone
on the west coast of the USA. My guess is, most of you Californians
did not watch the broadcast!
That is why we wrote this article - so you can see the wonderful
photographs that were taken during the workshop. The photos you
see here are the photos that were broadcast approximately one
to two minutes after they were taken.
How did this work? Well...in Brazil they established a Web address
for the broadcast. Viewers simply used their web browser, such
as Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer, to access the special
web site. Viewers could then choose if they wanted to see one
photo, four photos or ten photos at one time. These still photographs
were continually projected on the screen, being updated regularly.
The snapshots would change every couple of minutes, so although
it was not exactly "real time", it was close to it.
It certainly made you feel like you were "there".
For those of you who could not attend on March 15th, the photographs
on the following pages of this article were "captured"
from the Internet Broadcast. Enjoy!