Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Apr 2 15:16:56 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
April 2, 2004

This already exists, both in SignBank, and also on the web with the new 
Belgian dictionaries online. Right now two dictionaries are on the web, 
the ASL one with 3,100 signs and the Flemish one, with over 6,000 

If you have typed a LIBRAS dictionary in SignWriter DOS, in the future 
you will be able to send the .dic and .din files to the Belgian 
programmers, and their converter in SWML will create an online 
dictionary of  the entire LIBRAS dictionary in the good-looking symbols 
of SignWriter Java in a matter of minutes..and place it on the web as a 
web dictionary that can be searched by least that is the 
goal...perhaps the program is not ready yet for that phase....the 
program is under development.

Right now, you can search for signs by handshape on the their ASL 
dictionary. Go to:

and start searching by handshape!

Val ;-)


Charles Butler wrote:
> However, since all of these parameters are independent, one could 
> search by any of them, depending on how the database is set up.  It 
> would be like searching for all words in an English dictionary 
> containing the letter "a" but for sign research it might be quite 
> useful, for example to see "is secondary hand a flat hand" which would 
> show all signs that use the flat hand as a platform like "holy", 
> "clean", "Lutheran", "dance", "read", etc.
> Real possibilities here.
> Got to run.
> Charles Butler
> Bart Braem <bart.braem at UA.AC.BE> wrote:
> Op donderdag 1 april 2004 18:47, schreef Bill Reese:
> > Good idea!  I've used that program before - I just didn't find any of
> > those more familiar programs in my search on C/NET.  Do you have a 
> link?
> You can start at the program's homepage and then choose a mirror near 
> you:
> Bart
> --
>  dwars, studentenblad van de UA

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