[Sw-l] Writing Chinese Signs in SignPuddle Online

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Thu Mar 19 15:41:16 UTC 2015

SignWriting List
March 19, 2015

Hello Yu, and everyone on the SignWriting List -

Good morning from sunny San Diego ;-)

I just took my Dad out to breakfast, and now I am back at my computer. It is very stimulating to receive so many great messages on the SignWriting List…

Yu, I am so glad you are posting to our List now. You ask so many important questions in other emails and I hope to respond.... It is great to meet newcomers with interest in fresh, new ideas. Yes, we have several keyboard designs and a list of software programs, so we can go over that in detail in future messages.

I see, by one of your messages pasted below, that you are originally from China? Although there may be others from China on our SignWriting List, no one that I remember has posted a message from China, and several of our List members have asked me recently about China and the Deaf schools and teachers there…It would be wonderful to see the various dialects of Chinese Sign Languages written in SignWriting…Do you have any contact with Deaf people or schools for the Deaf in China?

We have software called “SignPuddle". When you go to SignPuddle you will see many flags, representing different countries. Click on a flag. It takes you to a file where signers have written sign languages and signs from that country. I created empty SignPuddle files for different countries, with the hopes that someone from that country would find the file and start writing their sign languages there…It is free to use. The Chinese SignPuddle was empty for so long, but today I found signs written there!!

I see the Chinese signs were written by a Tunisian SignWriting instructor named Daly Balti, who is also fluent in Chinese…but that is cool to see some signs written in the Chinese SignPuddle:

SignPuddle Online
http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle/ <http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle/>

SignPuddle for Chinese Sign Languages
http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle2.0/index.php?ui=1&sgn=83 <http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle2.0/index.php?ui=1&sgn=83>

Here is a screen capture of the signs there:


More soon…

Val ;-)


> On Mar 18, 2015, at 6:59 PM, Yu Zhang <yz13kh at student.ocadu.ca> wrote:
> Hi Andre,
> I am an international student from China. My background is illustration. I am in the process of illustration master and Inclusive Design master, which focuses on designing for edge cases. Here is our program information: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/inclusive-design.htm <http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/inclusive-design.htm> Take a look if you are interested.
> I am a hearing person, my original graduate design idea was about Signing Avartar. But that has too much programming knowledge which is too hard for me to work on. After that I recognized typing SW is in large need in research. So I got my SW keyboard idea :)
> Yu



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