Report from Vals Desk ;-)

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Nov 6 16:13:50 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
November 6, 2006

Dear SW List Members!
So many wonderful things are happening here, behind the scenes, for  
SignWriting documents!

1. With the current version of SignText, I have become creative, and  
found wonderful techniques that make it possible to use the new  
SignText Mail program, with columns, to create beautiful PDFs, giving  
us spoken language translations in the comments at the bottom of each  
PDF. I will be writing this as a new chapter in SignText Manual when  
I can...Thank you, Stefan, for pointing out to me that the SignText  
Mail program is helpful for re-formatting documents!

2. Cherie....I am working on preparing Cat-In-The-Hat using this new  
document creation technique (mentioned above). THANK YOU for your  
hard work on this long translation. Your work to date gives us a long  
document to work with, to learn from, both for research, and also for  
writing manuals and helping others prepare longer documents in the  
future. What am I doing today? I am finding all of your sentences  
from Cat-In-The-Hat, and reloading them into SignText, and then  
sending them to myself through SignText email. I am setting my email  
up to the number 800 in the columns area. This gives us a Portrait  
page size (columns are longer). The English words appear at the  
bottom in the comments section of the email. I then print the email  
to PDF using the Mac Print-To-PDF feature, reducing it to 85%. This  
gives me a perfect portrait page in PDF with the English at the  
bottom. Then I open Acrobat Professional program, and put all the  
PDFs together, and we have a real document with the English  
translation at the bottom of each page. While I am doing this job, I  
am making a note of some signs I would write differently and it will  
be interesting to compare notes and make a final decision how to  
write some of those unusual signs...I believe one of them has a head  
rotation that you need a symbol for, etc? so all that is important to  
discuss too...

3. Guylhem....I know you need the sentences in SignText, which will  
give you SWML, for your software research project in France. Are you  
ready to receive the documents through your private email? I will  
send them to you, one by one, through SignText email, and then you  
click on the link at the bottom of the email that says: Load Message  
Into SignText....It loads the SignWriting back into your Firefox web  
browser (be sure to use Firefox)...then you click on the Options  
Button, and Bookmark each document (that is the way we save the  
documents...bookmark them in Firefox)...from there you can click on  
the SWML button to get the SWML of any bookmarked sentence...

We have a SignText Manual in French, English, Norwegian and soon  
German...go to this web page to download the manual:

SignPuddle Help Files

So it is a busy time, and wonderful too....

I hope all of you are happy and doing well...ask questions to the  
List anytime...

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at

1. SignWriting
Read & Write Sign Languages

2. SignBank
Create Sign Language Databases

3. SignPuddle
Create Sign Language Dictionaries

4. SignText
Create Sign Language Documents

5. SignWriting List
Technical Support: Ask questions to the List

6. DanceWriting
Read & Write Dance Movement

7. MovementWriting
Read & Write All Body Movement

8. SymbolBank
International Movement Writing Alphabet

9. Non-profit Organization
Center for Sutton Movement Writing

SignWriting Literacy Project
The DAC, Deaf Action Committee
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
P.O. Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038, USA
tel 858-456-0098   fax 858-456-0020
D-Link Videophone:
Skype Name: valeriesutton

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