SignPuddle 1.5 ready to go

Stuart Thiessen sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG
Fri Mar 30 17:31:55 UTC 2007

I think you should be able to tell your operating system to switch to a 
Portuguese keyboard when you need to access the symbols. That should 
allow you to access the diacritics. On the Mac, we have a icon on our 
menu bar that allows us to change keyboards as needed. I do this from 
time to time when I work with Greek or Hebrew.



On Mar 30, 2007, at 11:45, Charles Butler wrote:

> The hardest problem on accents and diacriticals is from this English 
> language word processor, the only way I can access them is not 
> accessible on Sign Net, which involved control-shift combinations to 
> access the symbol set.  I usually have to type them on a word file, 
> copy them and then put them in, which I had to do on all of the signs 
> that are in Sign Puddle 1.0, from
> Coração to só.
> Because the ção ending is so prolific (it's a noun ending, think every 
> place we use "tion" in English), it's kind of hard.
> Charles
> Steve Slevinski <slevin at> wrote:
>> Hi Charles,
>> I've made problems for you yet again!
>> The transfer from 1.0 to 1.5 had problems and some accents, tildes 
>> and other special characters: hence the ?s.
>> You can register for the sgn-BR puddle and I can make you an editor 
>> so you can fix them yourself.  Or I should be able to take a look at 
>> the transfer issue next week.
>> Going forward, 1.5 uses Unicode and a stable IMWA.  We shouldn't have 
>> these problems again.  (crosses fingers)
>> Regards,
>> -Steve
>> Charles Butler wrote:How do I get diacriticals to show up, Portuguese 
>> has a lot of accents, tildes, and the c cedilla that are part of the 
>> normal spelling.  They don't show up in the display on my screen.
>>> Charles
>>> Steve Slevinski <slevin at> wrote:
>>>> Hi List,
>>>> Hope everyone is well. I have SignPuddle 1.5 ready to go. You can 
>>>> use
>>>> it online right now
>>>> Editing is a lot easier now. There is no special dictionary editors
>>>> page. You can edit signs from any page if you have the right 
>>>> security.
>>>> Once you register for a dictionary and log in, all of the signs you 
>>>> add
>>>> will be assigned to your username. This gives you the rights to edit
>>>> the signs you've entered without being an editor for the whole 
>>>> dictionary.
>>>> If you don't register, all new signs will be linked with the 
>>>> computer
>>>> you used to add the signs.
>>>> I've transfered all of the 1.0 puddles. They will need some cleaning
>>>> up. Not all of the special characters transfered correctly and some 
>>>> of
>>>> the sign spellings are askew. But SignPuddle 1.5 uses Unicode, so 
>>>> all
>>>> languages are fair game. If you want to be an editor for any 
>>>> particular
>>>> dictionary to help clean it up, let me or Val know. Or reply to the 
>>>> list
>>>> and we'll get it set up.
>>>> SignPuddle 1.5 can have a multilingual interface. If you want to 
>>>> help
>>>> translate the SignPuddle screens, reply and I'll create a user 
>>>> interface
>>>> puddle for your languages and give you the security rights to edit 
>>>> the
>>>> UI puddle. The great part about the translation is that you use the
>>>> same SignPuddle interface.
>>>> Currently, the free and open dictionaries don't allow for image or 
>>>> video
>>>> uploading. This is something that Val and I are discussing. We'll 
>>>> see
>>>> how it goes.
>>>> I've given Val the first 5 PocketPuddles. It's very cool. For 
>>>> Windows,
>>>> just plug and play. For Mac, it requires a few steps that are 
>>>> straight
>>>> forward, but it reconfigures the built in web server and requires 
>>>> the
>>>> use of the Terminal application.
>>>> I'm working on the last few items of my todo list. Then I'll 
>>>> complete
>>>> the documentation and the information will be a lot more organized 
>>>> than
>>>> this email.
>>>> Regards,
>>>> -Steve

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