Configuring JASigning for HTML5 web pages

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JASigning Development

The JASigning (Java Avatar Signing) software was a reimplementation of earlier work using Java to create freestanding applications and web applets that can be scripted through JavaScript on web pages. SiGML data is converted to motion data for animation using the Animgen software, written in C++. Animation data is rendered using an OpenGL renderer written in Java using the JOGL bindings.

With the advent of HTML5 and WebGL it has become practical to create software for use in web pages that is not dependent on Java. This development has become essential as Java is now deprecated in browsers and unsupported on major browsers such as Chrome and Opera.

Development is taking place in a number of stages:

  • Introduction of a WebGL renderer in place of OpenGL via Java. SiGML processing continues via a simplified Java applet.
  • SiGML processing delegated to an Animgen server located at UEA using a CGI script.
  • Preprocessing of the HamNoSys variant of SiGML to the Gestural variant implemented in JavaScript.
  • Fully client-side operation using a JavaScript implementation of Animgen.

All but the final stage has been completed.


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