[sw-l] a pocket-sized ASL dictionary

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Dec 13 21:03:02 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
December 13, 2004

Hello Kimberly and Everyone!

Welcome to the SignWriting List, Kimberly! And thank you for your
SignWriting order. I was just printing your large 8-1/2 by 11 inch
dictionary page by page for you - ha! And of course I know exactly what
you mean about Pocket-Size dictionaries. I print those all the time
from our SignBank Database program, which you can download for free...

I mailed pocket-size dictionaries to Stefan and possibly Tini and
others on the List around a year ago.....I sent them our SignBank CD
and I included in the package a little pocket-dictionary...and I wrote
that this is the new era of the pocket dictionary!

So Kimberly...I agree that is what you need. Meanwhile I wonder if I
should be printing this big dictionary for you? It costs a lot of ink,
and maybe I can give you something else?...How about the SignBank
database program on CD, which you can print directly in different
formats? Or I can return your money...or I can continue to print this
big book for you...

Our books are not printed in advance since most people print themselves
these days and we have rare orders...So let's keep communicating about
what you need and I am happy to help in any way you choose...

You can download SignBank on the web for free... SignBank download is a
huge one...I believe 70 megabytes...so you will need a fast internet
connection to download from this web page:

SignBank Download

So that is why mailing you the CD package might be a blessing for
you...You can create multiple dictionary formats and printing will be
fun - you sound very creative! And you can call me on the voice or
videophone with your computer on, and I can give you instruction as you
are using the program -

Val ;-)


Kimberley A. Shaw wrote:
> am in my first year of learning ASL, and am very pleased to discover
> the
> ASL-to-English dictionary at signwriting.org; it will definitely help
> solve some of my vocabulary-learning struggles!
> Here is my request, however: is there any way for this dictionary to be
> produced with smaller page sizes ... or to be put into a file where the
> pages could be printed out in a smaller format? I have just printed out
> the 23-page ASL-English sample dictionary from the website, had a copy
> shop make a set reduced to 40%, and I have now just finished trimming
> and
> sewing it into a nice little 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 - inch book which I plan on
> showing off to my signing buddies.
>  *This* is the size that I really want to be carrying around in my
> bookbag, *not* an 8 1/2 x 11-inch 3-ring binder! In this smaller size,
> it
> would be possible to fit 4 pages on one sheet of standard typing paper
> (Euro or US format). Lay out the pages in the right order on this sheet
> (pp.1-2 next to each other on the top half of the sheet, pp.3-4 on the
> botton half), fold the sheet down the middle (the long way), make one
> cut
> between pp.1-2 and 3-4, staple them together on the left side, and
> you've
> got 4 pages for one sheet of paper! Besides the convenience of a
> smaller
> volume to carry around, this would also save quite a bit of paper in
> printing out. Sincerely, Kimberley Shaw, Boston MA

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