search by "definition"?

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Wed Apr 4 21:46:19 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
April 4, 2007

Hi Anny -
I know Steve will answer you when he can...He is on a well-deserved  
short vacation. Developing SignPuddle 1.5 has been a huge job, and we  
both have been working so non-stop for so many is amazing  
that we are still standing!

There is definitely a way to search on Themes, but it is a matter of  
the way you setup your database, so I will be glad to give you the  
details of how I would do it...

Would you be interested in my little technique for that?

Meanwhile, here are some of the searches possible in SignPuddle 1.5:

1. Search by 12 different terms (word-glosses)...
2. Search by a listing of signs
3. Search by exact symbol
4. Search by a combination of symbols
5. Search by palm facing
6. Search by rotation
7. Search by symbol frequency (all symbols...not just handshapes)

and if you load the data into SignBank you can search by long  
definitions, if you add the definitions into SignBank...SignBank also  
has other searches that are made for linguistics...including places  
for searching on themes etc

As far as I know, we cannot search by the definition field in  
SignPuddle 1.5 yet, but that is probably on Steve's To-Do list...

Meanwhile, you can use the Terms section to establish themes...I will  
create a screen capture to show you next message...

Val ;-)


Anne-Claude Prélaz Girod wrote:

> Dear Steve
> i'm working on PUddle 1.5 and enjoy it very much.
> we had been discussing (while still using Puddle 1) of the  
> possibility to search by definition... and you todl me this shoud  
> be possible someday
> let's imagine I woudl like to find all the different signs into the  
> swiss french Puddle concerning geography
> is there a way (if I write down GEOGRAPHY under definition for  
> every word concerning geography) to search by definition.... being  
> able to find out all the signs for one specific theme  without  
> having to go through the complete dictionnary??
> is anything like this possible in Puddle 1.5 ??
> if No is there a way you could develop such a function?
> if Yes can you explain me how to do that?
> Thanks in advance
> Anny
> Anne-Claude Prélaz Girod
> ruelle des chambres chaudes 1
> 1271 Givrins
> Tel ++41/22.362.52.37
> Fax ++41/22.362.52.66
> mail: acpg at

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