[sw-l] SignWriter DOS Tech Support

Stuart Thiessen sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG
Thu Dec 2 16:16:24 UTC 2004

Well, I have noticed in Windows 98, that sometimes the use of DOS
within Windows sometimes doesn't work very well.  Usually, it is a sign
of some kind of internal problem.  I haven't had a chance to sit down
and figure out the problem.

You should be able to go to START | SHUTDOWN and then select restart in
MS-DOS mode.  It should not freeze then for sure if everything is
installed correctly. At least it does on my computer.  So, Brenda, I
suggest that you try it this way. It really won't make much difference
in how you export files to Windows. When you exit SW-DOS, then type
Exit at the DOS prompt and you will go right back to Windows 98.

So far, I find SW-DOS to be the best of all the options for any kind of
sustained text input.  While SW-Edit has a wonderful interface, the
point and click interface takes too long for me compared to the typing
approach in SW-DOS.  I hope that we will eventually have the option of
point-and-click and keyboarding depending on our personal style or even
our mood.  Right now, I tend to use SW-DOS and SW-Java as a team.  I
enter data in SW-DOS and then save the file. Then open it again with
SW-JAVA and capture the screen output.  If I use SW-EDIT, I just use it
alone.  For my presentations on SW when I am using standard signs, I
tend to use SignPuddle to grab example signs and then use SW-Java to
create symbol examples (like all the palm orientations for a specific
handshape, etc.)

Hope this helps.



On Dec 1, 2004, at 11:00, Valerie Sutton wrote:

> SignWriting List
> December 1, 2004
> Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>> I have 2 windows 98 computers: a tower and a laptop. The Laptop will
>> handle it fine, but my tower hasn't handled it well in the last few
>> months ... but it did before. I suspect that something messed up in
>> the internals somewhere.  have you tried to restart the computer but
>> go to DOS mode?  Then you should be able to run SW within the DOS
>> mode.  Then just say "EXIT" or turn the computer on/off to go back to
>> Windows.
> Thanks for this message, Stuart...That is strange that all of a sudden
> a computer cannot use something...Perhaps you should re-download
> SignWriter DOS?
> SignWriter DOS
> http://www.signwriting.org/forums/software/sw44/download/
> Plus...Brenda...here is document help:
> SignWriter DOS Instruction Documents
> http://www.signwriting.org/forums/software/sw44/sw44less/index.html
> Val ;-)
> Valerie Sutton
> Sutton at SignWriting.org
> 1. SignWritingSite
> http://www.SignWriting.org
> Read & Write Sign Languages
> 2. SignBankSite
> http://www.SignBank.org
> Sign Language Dictionaries
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