Translation Feature on PUDL Site

Bill Reese wreese01 at TAMPABAY.RR.COM
Thu Mar 18 21:32:39 UTC 2004

Absolutely.  I noticed that too.  Of course my adult mind is also
noticing the top and bottom of the punctuation and using those to assist
in establishing the limits.  But if you us too much space, not much can
be fit on a page and that may frustrate some more advanced readers.
Perhaps there's a way of spacing similar to how I grew up.  When a child
and first learning to write, the teachers gave me paper to use that had
very widely spaced lines.  By the time I went to college I was using
"college rule".  Now as a professional, I'll use 6 pt. lettering in
construction plans if it makes all the information fit on a sheet.
Perhaps the same could be done for SignWriting so that as understanding
increases with age and ability, the signs and spaces can get smaller.


Valerie Sutton wrote:

> SignWriting List
> March 18, 2004
> On Mar 18, 2004, at 12:35 PM, Bill Reese wrote:
>> You know me - I'm late-deaf and have only been using sign language
>> for about 7 or so years - yet I had no problem following the flow of
>> the signs on PUDL's site.  The horizontal space didn't bother me and,
>> while the vertical looked like it could be improved, I didn't have a
>> problem with signs blending together. Bill
> -----
> Hello Everyone, and Stephen and Bill -
> Thanks for this comment, Bill, and certainly it is good for Stephen to
> know this. And I am glad you are reading SignWriting and have no
> trouble with it!
> However, I know of six others who disagree with 5
> teachers of the Deaf in Albuquerque, and myself.... One of the
> teachers is Deaf herself, and I understood through an interpreter in
> the last workshop that they all felt there needed to be more space
> between the signs...
> I think teaching SignWriting to children, and reading SignWriting
> yourself, are probably two different experiences...Let us imagine you
> are using the Translation web page in a class of deaf children ages
> 6-8, and they see two contact stars touching the chin of the first
> sign in this diagram ...The stars really belong with the sign for NAME
> below, but I can imagine a child asking what is touching the chin of
> the sign for HELLO? So to assist literacy, I think it is
> wise to put more space.......Val ;-)
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