How do I make new signs?

Stephen Slevinski slevin at PUDL.INFO
Mon Mar 1 04:25:44 UTC 2004

Thanks Stuart,

But... how do I combine symbols together and move them around?  I want to
create new signs.  I'm missing something.  I saw a picture of a SignWriting
keyboard layout, but I don't know how or why to use it.


-----Original Message-----
From: SignWriting List [mailto:SW-L at ADMIN.HUMBERC.ON.CA]On Behalf Of
Stuart Thiessen
Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: How do I make new signs?

Hi, Stephen! I use SW Java as well. With SW Java, there is currently no
export feature like there is for SW DOS. Typically, I use spaces with
"type words" to get the signs lined up away from the edges of the SW
Java screen.  Then I use the print screen feature to capture the image,
or on Mac OS X, the Grab utility.  Then, I use a graphics program to
isolate the sign or sign(s) I wish to work with in one graphic image.

In SW DOS, there is the capability to print to postscript which is
helpful in conjunction with Ghostscript or Acrobat to create a longer
document in PDF format. The "look" is not as nice as SW Java, but that
is where the technology is at the moment.

I'm sure we will see improved features as Daniel Noelpp and others work
on the updated SW Java program.



On Feb 29, 2004, at 5:30 PM, Stephen Slevinski wrote:

> Hi,
> This is Stephen Slevinski.  I'm new to the list.
> I have created a SignWriting and literacy website up.  Specifically,
> I'm
> trying to promote the SignWriting Playing Cards.  If you have a
> printer, you
> can print your own deck.
> My website is very basic.  I have a dictionary I'm trying to build.
> But,
> I'm running XP and can only get SignWriting Java to work on my
> computer.  So
> I have a newbie question because I am getting lost on the website and
> don't
> know where to go.
> How do I make new signs?
> Is there software that will help me?
> Do I just copy and paste in a graphics program?
> I need to store the pictures as .gif images.
> Thanks,
> Stephen Slevinski
Incoming mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (
Version: 6.0.577 / Virus Database: 366 - Release Date: 2/3/2004

More information about the Sw-l mailing list