translating text in signpuddle

Honza honza at RUCE.CZ
Fri Oct 17 10:53:10 UTC 2008

sure I know, but it is also how are sings shown. I think it is possible to
do it that way, it is possible than to translate prhases as well, if they
are entered to the puddle.
Right now there is only way - to label more words terms with "-".
so then I am not able to take advantage of having possibility to enter signs
that needs to be labeled with more words.


On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 12:46 PM, Cherie Wren <cwterp at> wrote:

> The problem is with how the sign is entered into the puddle, I think.  If I
> enter the (single) sign that would be translated "whats up", I would label
> it as WHAT-UP.  There is no program known that can ACCURATELY translate from
> one language to another (have you SEEN the results from Babelfish?!)  All
> the computer can do is substitute the sign WHAT for what, the (English) sigh
> IS for is, and the sign UP for up.  It can't know that the English 'what is
> up' translates to a single sign, unless you label the sign that way when you
> enter it.
> The preceeding message is from a non-programming computer user.  Your
> mileage may vary.  ::grin::
> cherie
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Honza <honza at>
> *To:* SignWriting List <sw-l at>
> *Sent:* Friday, October 17, 2008 5:29:42 AM
> *Subject:* [sw-l] translating text in signpuddle
> Hi Val,
> since SignPuddle 1.5 was published I have problems with translating text.
> Let me explain. Short example. I need to translate "whats up" in longer
> text.
> So I write "... what is up ..."
> But in the SL text appear signs "... WHAT UP .. "
> but I need it to translate ony with one sign.
> So I can do it in some ways (like in sign "what's up" add meaning "what" to
> be shown beside single "what".. or use "-" but that's not what I need.
> Is there some way how to make clean translation of phrases into one sign
> (which is already added in to puddle)?
> thanks
> Honza
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