Rich Gleaves, SignWriter and Modula-2 ;-)

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sun Jun 1 21:21:15 UTC 2003

SignWriting List
June 1st, 2003

On Sunday, June 1, 2003, at 12:20 PM, Daniel Noelpp wrote:
> 1983 I had my first computing experience with the PET,
> followed by the famous C64, then Amiga. I programmed
> in Basic, Assembler, C and Modula-2. So I was lucky to find
> a rather nice job in Basel 1998 after I left University....

Dear SignWriting List Members, and Daniel!
Thank you for this message, Daniel, and for your interest in helping us 
work on SignWriter 5.0. Your credits are very impressive. If this works 
out, it will be quite a blessing for all of us...thank you for taking 
it so seriously...

Ingvild Roald and others in Europe have been communicating about 
writing a European grant to get funding to complete SignWriter 5.0, so 
I hope that happens too...

And I must tell you a very BIG mention that you worked with 
Modula-2 in the above paragraph...Well...Richard Gleaves, the designer 
and programmer of SignWriter //e  and  SignWriter DOS,  is one of the 
programmers who developed Modula-2, when he was a young programmer at 
the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and Richard wrote a 
textbook on Modula-2, which was then translated into 12 languages. It 
is still used today .I will tell Rich...he will be very pleased I am 
sure! What a small world...I have Rich's book on Modula-2 right 
here...translated into Dutch - ha! I looked his book up on the 
internet...under PASCAL can still get his book on!

The Programming Language Modula-2
[Glea 84] Gleaves, Richard: Modula-2 for Pascal Programmers. Springer 
Verlag, New York, 1984.
*       [Glea 85] Gleaves, Richard: Modula-2 für Pascal-Programmierer. 
Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 1985.

Anyway - the old source code for SignWriter DOS 4.4 was written in 
Microsoft Pascal 3.3 and Assembly Language. Rich wanted to create a 
very tiny program that could be used with very little memory. That was 
in it was long ago. Since then SignWriter has changed a 
lot. The last work Rich did on SignWriter was the new SymbolEditor and 
KeyboardEditor that is used in SignWriter Java, but he did not do the 
actual Java programming...he left programming to work at Qualcomm as a 
technical writer and stopped programming about 5 years ago...

I can ask questions to Rich from time to time about SignWriter, and I 
can give you the source code for SignWriter 4.4 as well, if you feel 
you can read the old Pascal sources...

I am going to get off the internet now, and try to get the sources 
ready for packaging and then upload them...It may take me a day or 
two...but it is coming...

Val ;-)

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