[sw-l] a pocket-sized ASL dictionary

Kimberley A. Shaw kshaw at WELLESLEY.EDU
Tue Dec 14 13:57:56 UTC 2004

Hello Valerie and all:
is this "pocket dictionary" the same thing as the 23-page ASL-to-English
dictionary at the Sign Bank's Dictionary Library? Or is it something else?
I'm OK with waiting for the big printed dictionary version -- our home
printer is very slow -- but will have a look around the SignBank printing
options & see what I can do with them. Will let you know!

sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu writes:
>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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