Voting on PUDLs dictionary

Stephen Slevinski slevin at PUDL.INFO
Sun Mar 28 03:33:35 UTC 2004

Hey Val,

You asked... "What happens if there is more than one sign, that represents
a gloss? Which one do you choose?"

Are you talking about a sign that has more than one variation?  Such as the
infamous "help" sign?  I've reduced the number of variations for "help" from
24 to 33.  You can view my current efforts at:

But back to your question.  If there is more than one variations for a sign,
you can use signname_# to access any variation.  Such as help_2, help_24.

An example.
Let's say that you want to define me-help-you.  A possible gloss definition
would be simply "me help you".  But the second variation of help would be a
better selection, so the gloss definition could be "me help_2 you".

My current dictionary is a prototype of what the real dictionary could be
like.  Ideally, I would be able to handle multiple dialects.  So there would
be multiple signs for birthday, and each sign would have a dialect
associated with it.  Then if you wanted to display the Happy Birthday song,
you would select the appropriate dialect and the translation utility would
choose the appropriate signs for the dialect.

There are many advantages to ASL gloss.  The biggest two are...
==The SignWriting is always current
==The SignWriting can be viewed in any dialect

-Stephen Slevinski

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