[sw-l] SignText Beta: download and dictionary import

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Dec 13 15:14:45 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
December 13, 2004

Dear SW List Members, and Stephen -
This is an historic day...Stephen has been working for months on this
new program, SignText. It looks great, Stephen!

I went to SignPuddle:


And I noticed three NEW icons on the side of the page... for SignText
and Import and Export!

Congratulations and many thanks from all of us, for this gift...I look
forward to trying SignText later today! Val ;-)


On Dec 12, 2004, at 10:28 PM, Stephen Slevinski wrote:
> SignText is ready.  The beta version does not allow any editing, but
> it is
> available as a download that requires no special setup.  If you can use
> SignMaker on SignPuddle, you can use SignText offline on your local PC.
> SignText has 2 practical uses.  First, you can create a vocabulary
> list of
> sign offline and then import those signs into a SignPuddle dictionary.
> Second, you can create SignWriting documents with lanes.  You can view
> these
> documents online.  You can also generate HTML code that you can copy
> and
> paste onto any website.  In the near future, you will be able to send
> the
> documents as SignWriting emails.
> SignText Online:
> http://www.oculog.net/signtext
> SignText Download:
> http://www.oculog.net/signtext.zip (8 MB)
> How to create a vocabulary offline and load into SignPuddle dictionary.
> 1) Download and unzip SignText.  Note: the SignText download contains
> the
> entire IMWA, over 25 thousand image files.  Unzipping this file may
> take
> some time.
> 2) Open the file signtext.html located in the signtext directory.
> 3) Use the SignMaker interface to create a sign.
> 4) Replace the generic gloss of "sign-1" with a more appropriate name.
> 5) Press the "Center Lane" icon to add the sign to the list.  You will
> see
> the sign appear under the "SWML Output" button.  The "Left Lane" and
> "Right
> Lane" buttons are used when creating documents with lanes.
> 6) Press "Clear All" to clear the SignBox.
> 7) Repeate steps 3 thru 6 for multiple signs.
> 8) Press the "SWML Output" button to generate the SWML.
> 9) Copy the SWML to the clipboard.  In the future, the "SWML Online"
> button
> will link to the SignPuddle dictionaries and other sources.
> 10) Go online and enter the appropriate SignPuddle dictionary.
> 11) Select the "Import" icon from the icon list on the left of the
> screen.
> 12) Paste the SWML into the textarea.
> 13) Press "Preview".  You will see the signs appear with an option to
> add or
> load each sign.
> 14) Press "Add" to add each sign to the dictionary.  Pressing "Load"
> will
> load the sign into SignMaker.
> If you are writing a document, use the Right Lane and Left Lane to add
> lanes
> to your writing.  You can use the SWML preview utility to view your
> document
> and generate the HTML code.
> http://www.oculog.net/swml/swml-s.php
> If you're willing, give it a try and let me know.
> -Stephen

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