Stephen's SW Word Processor

Wayne Smith wayne at MRLANGUAGE.COM
Tue Mar 16 17:04:04 UTC 2004

Stephen -
     I have just visited your page.  It is amazing and deserves the support
of all of us.  I found it very easy to type SW sentences using the
dictionary entries that you have so far.  ALSO: I discovered that it is
quite easy to copy the SW sentences into other formats, such as Microsoft
Word, in order to create documents that might be bilingual, English and ASL.
     At what point will this technology (which you should be getting paid
for!) be available for other languages?  I would love to be able to combine
signs in Taiwan Sign Language (TSL) with written Chinese so as to develop
TSL teaching materials.  I can already type Chinese characters in Word, and
with this technology I could now easily add TSL signs to the mix.
     Might you be coming out with a SW Word Processor on a CD that people
could buy?  Obviously they would be responsible for creating the databases
for their respective languages?
     In May I'll be getting back in touch with my "inner SignWriting self"
and will be in a position to upload a lot of TSL signs to the PUDL database,
if you're interested.
           - Wayne Smith

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Slevinski" <slevin at PUDL.INFO>
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: Punctuation Symbol available for word to sign

> Hey Val,
> I have switched the build section to the top.
> What is the graphic for the exclamation point?  I didn't find it.
> And you didn't mention the best feature.  You can add to the sentence by
> click on the search results.  This is a great help when a sign has a lot
> versions.
> Lets say that you wanted to use "help" in a sentence.  If you use the word
> "help"  you will get version 1.  If you user "help_2" you will get version
> 2.  If you don't know what version to use, you can search for "help" with
> the search section.  Click on "help" in the search results.  Then click
> "Add" next to the version that you want, and that version will be added to
> the sentence automatically.
> The 3030 signs is a combination of 3025 ASL signs, 1 Libras sign, and 4
> punctuation signs.  The 3025 ASL signs do contain duplicates, such as
> and "letter".
> =Stephen Slevinski
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SignWriting List [mailto:SW-L at ADMIN.HUMBERC.ON.CA]On Behalf Of
> Valerie Sutton
> Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 9:45 PM
> Subject: Re: Punctuation Symbol available for word to sign
> SignWriting List
> March 15, 2004
> Stephen Slevinski wrote:
> > I've added the punctuation for the comma, colon, period, and question
> > mark.
> > If you use the build section on the dictionary, you can use the actual
> > symbols .,:? and it will be replaced with the appropriate graphic.
> >
> >
> Dear SW List and Stephen -
> You never cease to amaze me! Congratulations on 3030 entries! Are those
> a mixture of ASL and Libras signs, or are they only ASL?...
> And now I would like to ask members of our List to go to the web page
> mentioned above, and try to build a sign-sentence. Here are
> instructions....Please see my attached diagram. See the red numbers in
> the diagram. First, you type the sentence in English gloss. Second,
> push the Build button. Third, the sentence in SignWriting appears!
> It is really one of the best features I have ever seen on the web -
> very clever!
> May I ask, could you put number 1, at the top of the screen rather than
> at the bottom?...the building of the sentence should be the first
> thing, not the last, because scrolling is annoying and if a person has
> their screen set to 600 by 800, then they may not even see the place
> where they should type the sentence...Just a thought...The punctuation
> is wonderful...that really works amazingly well and the only one I miss
> is the Exclamation Point, which we really use a lot......You have
> slaved for us for so many days...Thank you!
> .....Tomorrow I will be showing your site to a group of 12 teachers in
> Albuquerque, New Mexico...I will be teaching through a conference
> ;-)
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