ASL signers...please read this and give your response...

Stuart Thiessen thiessenstuart at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 9 16:06:14 UTC 2006

Is there a way that it can still be searchable and accessible so we
can put the old graphic-only signs in another window or tab of our
browser when we want to refer to an old sign and add it to the new

That would be helpful because then we don't have to re-invent the
wheel for signs already composed. Of course, if those signs have any
spelling errors, then we will still have to deal with the spelling,
but at least it gives us a place to start.

Just my thought,


On 3/8/06, Valerie Sutton <sutton at> wrote:
> SignWriting List
> March 8, 2006
> On Mar 8, 2006, at 12:29 PM, Gallant, Philippe wrote:
> thank you… This project is for my assessment in my area.   Most of the signs
> that I created is in a quick way to start.  I was going to get back to some
> of the signs and correct the 'spelling' including face expression in later
> time.  So, it is a good start to increase sign writing in our directory!
> Everyone -
> I actually think that it would be a good idea to ask Steve to save all the
> signs that are only-graphics, and place them in a separate folder and I can
> get them up on the web in another way, and we can refer to them, a little
> like referring to an old dictionary, but they will not be a part of the real
> SignPuddle for ASL on the web. That way, we will only have signs that are
> created in SignPuddle, in the ASL SignPuddle, which means they will all load
> properly into SignText and they all will be SWML...
> I think trying to clean up the dictionary right now is intolerable, because
> out of the 5 versions of a sign, three are graphics and two are new in SWML
> and just to know which ones to throw out and which ones to keep is
> exhausting and I do not foresee us ever truly cleaning it properly...
> If we take away all the graphics files, we will currently have a smaller ASL
> dictionary online, but it will fill up quickly with new signs in its place,
> because people will miss and need those signs...
> I hope you all agree with me, because I do not see another way to rectify
> the problem...we have to re-enter them no matter what sooner or later, but
> at least we will not get confused with a hodgepodge of different computer
> formats in the same dictionary...
> Is this ok with all of you, if we delete all the graphics-only-files, from
> the ASL SignPuddle, so it is pure SWML?
> of course we will not do this to the German SignPuddle unless everyone in
> Germany wants us to do
> ASL do you feel having a clean SWML ASL SignPuddle? I think in
> the long run we will have less frustrations...
> Val ;-)

Stuart Thiessen
Des Moines, IA

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