Need your help - can you view this video?

Kimberley Shaw skifoot at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 29 23:48:32 UTC 2010

Hello all:
sorry to come late to this conversation! I've had limited access to
email on machines bigger than my phone lately.
The video on the front page of the guy signing from
the book of "John" is great! I like it, because I have always wished
that good ASL renditions of Jewish liturgy were more widely available
... but have so far not have had very enthusiastic response from the
Jewish signing community. Yet. And this fellow is very clear in
explaining why it is important for Deafs to have written literature in
signed languages.
Kudos to him!
It gives me incentive to keep on with my own projects.
PS - wherever this "avatar" is, I don't know. Can somebody please explain?
Kim from Boston

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 3:05 PM, Kate <kcagiso at> wrote:
> Hi Charles!
> Thank you very much for the feed back.
> 1) How do I make the avatar to perform a sign form the start start of each
> sign. This default position of the avatar is the hands on the waist when it
> signs it moves from the default position and performs the sign. Should there
> rather be a pause between the default and the end position? What do you
> suggest?
> 2) The orientation is wrong...thanks!
> 3) I thought its AUD, because the 'V' moves right,left,right.
> 4)Thanks for the correction, and It was supposed to be RV
> 've just double checked the fingerspelling, it turns out its actually
> Spanish not ASL!
> Many thanks for the feedback
> On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 8:12 PM, Charles Butler <chazzer3332000 at>
> wrote:
>> Having worked with avatar programs in Brazil before, I have a few
>> observations.
>> 1) Avatars may have a default beginning setting, this one seems to have
>> one, but that default setting is not the start point of each sign.  Each
>> sign has a beginning and an end.  With this avatar, all signs start at the
>> waist, not at the natural beginning of each sign.
>> 2) Some orientations seemed to have been viewed backward.  This may be
>> because of a misunderstanding of avatars and expressive signwriting.  The
>> one sign I can rememer is understand.  The palm facing is toward the writer,
>> not away from the writer.  The avatar signs away from the writer.
>> 3) Unsure which fingerspelling system is being used.  A sign that says AUD
>> is apparently AVD, which may be some other fingerspellings outfit, but not
>> ASL.
>> 4) The sign translated "ASL" reads as "RV" in ASL, so I'm not sure which
>> signed language is being produced.
>> Charles
>> ________________________________
>> From: Kate <kcagiso at GMAIL.COM>
>> Sent: Wed, April 21, 2010 1:35:48 PM
>> Subject: Re: Need your help - can you view this video?
>> works very well...
>> I use Safari!
>> Kate
>> On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM, Ingvild Roald <iroald at> wrote:
>>> I can see the video clearly
>>> Ingvild
>>> > Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:59:40 -0700
>>> > From: sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
>>> > Subject: Need your help - can you view this video?
>>> >
>>> > SignWriting List
>>> > April 20, 2010
>>> >
>>> > Hello Everyone!
>>> >
>>> > I need your help. Can you view the video from YouTube that I just
>>> > posted on the front page of our web site?:
>>> >
>>> > Go to:
>>> >
>>> > SignWriting Site
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > This is the first time I have ever embedded a video from YouTube on a
>>> > web page, and it is in Flash, or SWF I guess...
>>> >
>>> > I have never posted a video in Flash before, and DreamWeaver, the
>>> > program I use to do web design, keeps telling me that I have to do several
>>> > things to make it visible on the new Internet Explorer...and I am having
>>> > shows up on my Mac, but I am concerned maybe it will not be
>>> > visible on a PC?
>>> >
>>> > Does anyone use the latest version of Internet Explorer on Windows?
>>> > Because the Mac no longer uses Internet Explorer and I have no way to test
>>> > it...
>>> >
>>> > The video is wonderful! A Deaf man, named Ed, from Michigan, who
>>> > attends the Deaf Church that Pastor Ron Dettloff directs, explains in ASL
>>> > that he was born Deaf and that he learned a little SignWriting but still
>>> > needs to learn more, and then he reads out loud in ASL from the book written
>>> > in SignWriting...He does a great job and it is a good video - Thank you, Ed
>>> > and Ron, for doing this for us, and giving us permission to post...
>>> >
>>> > Thanks for your feedback, everyone!
>>> >
>>> > Val ;-)
>>> >

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