Sign Writing 5.0 funding?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sat Feb 1 15:05:45 UTC 2003

SignWriting List
February 1, 2003

 >Antony in Australia wrote:
 >I take it that the sign Writing 5.0 is done in Java, or is it another 
language? Here in Townsville is the James Cook University, and 
they have a degree in IT (Programming). I was considering visiting the 
Dean there and ask if one of hte students want to write this 
program either for their PhD or if it would be to 'simple' for that as 
a project within the studying fro the degree ...Originally I wanted to 
do that when I was studying there, but my life took a different turn 
and I stopped studying......Is this a good idea? So would you be able 
to give me any information I might need before I go there? Just wanting 
to help. Antony


Hello Everyone, and Antony -
Thank you for your kind offer to help with SignWriter 5.0...When it 
comes to that specific project, it is necessary that I complete the 
project with a professional java programmer. We have been working on 
the java code since 1996. ...At present we have the collaboration of a 
java programmer from Sun Microsystems, (the company that developed 
java), so I do have a programmer, Antony...I just want to be able to 
pay him - and I am sure I will be able to do that too...I just have to 
write a grant ;-)

But having said that, if you personally want to become a programmer, 
you are always welcome to develop your own software for SignWriting. 
There are programmers all over the world who are doing that right now, 
and I am sure there will be a day when we all will be using several 
different kinds of software for SignWriting. Each program is important, 
because each programmer offers the world another perspective on a very 
needed subject.

We could use an Australian Sign Language dictionary written in 
SignWriting...I believe you mentioned you will be working on that, in 
both SignWriter DOS and SignBank? I hope so - That is a job I cannot 
do...and that is much more important...I know your wife is Deaf, and 
you both are fluent signers? Your job is sharing your language with the 
world and that is something very unique and needed...

Have a wonderful weekend -

Val ;-)
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