AW: [sw-l] Comment and feedback for SignPuddle 1.5

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Mon Jan 29 21:47:20 UTC 2007

Hi Steve ... 


Yes – you are a genius ! – 


I am so impressed – and I have not got the slightest idea how you can
achieve all these features. 


Let me ask one question – 


So far we are not able to use the typical Umlaut letters as we need them in
German spoken language “ae” = ä   

We need the special sign for sz  the “ß”  as well 


Is there a chance in the long run that you can fix that? 


Would be great! 


In order to work right now with SignPuddle I have to write the words with
misspellings – some students got confused – nothing to worry about but
nevertheless ... 




and all the best and a big Thank you for all what you are doing for us!! 





Von: owner-sw-l at
[mailto:owner-sw-l at] Im Auftrag von Steve Slevinski
Gesendet: Montag, 29. Januar 2007 21:37
An: sw-l at
Betreff: Re: [sw-l] Comment and feedback for SignPuddle 1.5


Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for the feedback.  

I'm currently putting the export button back in.  It's changed in that it
now exports SBML (SignBank markup language).  The new version of SignBank
coming out in March can import SBML.  I'll explain more below.

I'm not sure how the import will work.  It may be automated, but that's not
really needed just yet.  Anyone with access to the file system can import
and export directly.  PocketPuddle users can do this themselves.  And I'll
be available to help anyone with a private puddle through Val's

By tomorrow, 2 additional features will be available on the SignPuddle 1.5
demo.  The first is image/video upload for individuals signs.  

The second is the inclusion of the SignSpelling Sequence column.   This is
required for sorting signs properly.  Read about it online

Back to SBML...
The SBML import into SignBank will be really amazing.  You can do all of the
initial data entry with SignPuddle and you can do all of the presentation
with SignBank.  SBML contains information for a sign's appearance and it's
sorting.  I've attached the sbml.dtd.

For sharing, SignPuddle 1.5 still has links to email.  It's the easiest way
to share.

For importing, SignPuddle 1.5 is compatible with SignPuddle 1.0, so any
existing SignPuddle dictionary can be used. although I do need to update the
SignPuddle 1.0 export routine.  I've done this by hand for the ASL
dictionary, so tomorrow we'll see over 6000 signs in SignPuddle 1.5.

Please let me know any specific feature requests and I'll see what I can do.


Jonathan wrote: 

Hi Steve,
    I haven´t been able to test out SignPuddle 1.5 fully because I´m not
connected to the Internet very much at a time so the on line applications
are a bit difficult for me.  But I didn´t have a quick look around.
Something I didn´t see was the SWML or Import/Export buttons.  Did you
remove them from this version?  I think that it would be important to have
them as they should be the best option for sharing what we have written.  I
have seen user posting the URL but it seems to get split up so readily in
the emails.
    Not needing to use the bookmarks to save the document and being able to
describe a sign with a document sound like very nice features!!!



Steve Slevinski wrote: 

Hi List, 

I've been busy working on SignPuddle 2.  It's going well, however many
people like the original SignPuddle, so I created a special version that
will be available on the PocketPuddle.  It's called SignPuddle 1.5 and I
have a demo version available online. 

It works almost exactly like the original SignPuddle, but it has several
major enhancements. 

First, it is easy to create new puddles.  All you need to do is enter a
title, subdirectory name, and select a graphic icon(gif or png). 

Second, there is no longer a special dictionary editors page and no need to
log in.  Signs can be edited from any page. 

Third, SignText has been integrated with SignPuddle.  In fact, each sign can
have a SignText document.  You can use SignPuddle to organize SignText
documents, or you can use SignText documents to describe any sign in sign
language.  There is no need to use bookmarks, just save the document the
same way you save a sign. 

Forth, the Translation feature creates a SignText document that can be saved
to any puddle.  However, it no longer does the automatic finger spelling. 

I'm very excited for this new version.  I'd appreciate any feedback or




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