TAIWAN Sign Language Dictionary Online

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Aug 5 02:37:39 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
August 4, 2005

Hello Hope, and Everyone -
Thank you for telling me that your files are in SignWriter DOS. I  
suggest that you continue to use SignWriter DOS, since you do not  
have a steady and reliable internet connection.

You need to access the internet to use SignPuddle. There is a way to  
download a portion of SignPuddle, called SignText, but I personally  
have never used it off the internet, since SignPuddle was made for  
the internet...

So when the day comes, that you have fast and reliable internet  
service, you can use SignPuddle...I know you will enjoy it and be  
amazed how easy it is to use...

Until that time, let me help you use SignWriter DOS...Did you have  
problems with the software? I cannot remember...Val ;-)


On Aug 4, 2005, at 3:48 PM, Hope Hurlbut wrote:

Dear Valerie,
Yes, I am still using the old DOS  program (4.4 isn't it?).
How do I attach files from DOS to an e-mail?  It would be wonderful  
if they could be put into another program.  Thank you for offering to  
do that.
In a couple of days I am going to an immersion program in ASL  
(strictly no speaking!!).  After that I will be away in the USA for  
about 10 days, but will be taking my computer with me.
My friend in Baton Rouge is a computer nerd, so can help me with  
getting going working on the files, if only they could be attached to  
an e-mail to you, and entered into SignPuddle.,
As I told you before I have a problem with using the internet too  
much, as I am using my niece's phone line. (She is away just now.)   
Do I have to do all my work in SignPuddle on-line?  There is only one  
line in this house, so I don't think that would work out.  I will  
only be here for a couple of more months, so cannot have another line  
put in.
----- Original Message -----
From: Valerie Sutton
Cc: Hurlbut Hope ; Smith Wayne
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: TAIWAN Sign Language Dictionary Online

SignWriting List
August 4, 2005

Message from Hope Hurlbut, August 4, 2005
> I took a look at the site for Taiwan SIgn Language that you   
> supplied. My Chinese is not good enough to put in the romanized  
> Chinese, especially as my dictionary is far away (in Malaysia)!!
> I already have two files (one full, the other almost full) of the  
> forms in Taiwan Sign Language that I have input so far.  Can I  
> transfer or copy these files to SignPuddle?
> I give each word the corresponding number to my original word list,  
> then the ENglish gloss, then all the different forms that are in  
> the dictionary (up to 10 or 12 per ENglish gloss). Some of the Deaf  
> gave me up to 3 alternate signs for one word in Chinese.
> Can I also transfer the existing dictionary into SIgnPuddle?
> I forgot to bring any of my SignWriter materials with me Canada, so  
> I have no resources here!  I had to make up my own charts before I  
> started to do the inputting a couple of weeks ago.  It is not easy  
> to remember which alphabetic or numeric key contains which symbol,  
> so I had to go through them one by one, and write them down for  
> reference!


Hello Hope!
Thanks for this message. You mention two files above. What computer  
program are the two files written in? Are they SignWriter DOS files?  
SignWriter Java files? I need to know what the format is for the  
files. Can you send the two files to me, attached to an email message?

Although I am pretty sure you cannot automatically transfer the  
dictionary into SignPuddle, I believe I could convert all the signs  
into PNGs with another program, if your dictionary is in SignWriter  
DOS...and then we might be able to put them into SignPuddle for  
you...so at least you do not have to re-enter all those signs..it  
would be nice to have some signs in the Taiwan SignPuddle!

Taiwan SignPuddle

So please write again to tell me what program you are using...

Plus, you could try to add the new signs into SignPuddle...when you  
feel ready, I will be glad to teach you how to do that...

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at SignWriting.org

1. SignWritingSite
Read & Write Sign Languages

2. SignBankSite
Sign Language Dictionaries

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