DanceWriting and SportsWriting Puddles

Steve Slevinski slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Sun Feb 19 22:01:29 UTC 2006

Hi Erika,

Getting signs into Word is not straight forward, but it is possible.  
Once you understand what you need to do, moving signs into word isn't 
that hard.

There are 2 ways to get the signs into a word document.

Drag and Drop
After you have completed a document in the SignText editor, you can go 
to the Link or Email screens.  These screens will have the signs as 
single images, rather than overlapping symbols.  You can drag individual 
signs from the browser window into word.

Copy and Paste
Copy and paste is the best option because it can take all of the signs 
together, keep the lane information, and keep the signs centered properly.

However, copy and paste can be hit or miss.  You will need to experiment 
to find what works for you.  You can try a Select All and Copy from your 
email client or from the SignText Link page.  Neither of these worked 
for me properly.  From my email client I only had the table and no 
signs.  From the Link page I had the signs but without the table. 

I was able to find a solution that worked for me.  From my browser, I 
opened the SignText link page.  Using Firefox, I used the menu option 
File >> Save page as... to save a local copy to the desktop.  I opened 
the local copy and used Select All and Copy.  When I pasted into Word, 
all of the graphics appeared in a table.  I reformatted the table to 
hide the border and was left with the signs appearing correctly in Word.

Go ahead and try to experiment to see what works for you.  You can email 
me privately if you need some help with your particular setup.

slevin at

eghoffma at UMICH.EDU wrote:
> Hello - I've been experimenting with the SignText editor and it's 
> going very well so far. However, for my purposes it's important that I 
> be able to move my SignWriting transcripts into a Word document in 
> order to integrate them into the text of my dissertation. I am able to 
> email them to myself and so forth, but have not been able to put the 
> SSW text into a Word document. Is this possible?
> Thank you!
> All the best,
> Erika Hoffmann
> Quoting Valerie Sutton <sutton at>:
>> SignWriting List
>> February 19, 2006
>> DanceWriting and SportsWriting continued...
>> Go to Dictionary Editors, search for 5 line staff, and click the Load 
>>  Button under the 5-lined staff symbol. That places the 5-line-staff  
>> in SignMaker...Then you can drag and drop symbols onto the five-lined 
>>  staff to create each dance position...

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