AW: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!

Yuri Barreto nempretonembranco at YAHOO.COM.BR
Sun Oct 16 18:40:52 UTC 2011

Este é o seu sinal?
Um vídeo facilitaria a compreesão, e posterior transcrição.

--- Em dom, 16/10/11, isa peixoto da silva <isalibras123 at HOTMAIL.COM> escreveu:

De: isa peixoto da silva <isalibras123 at HOTMAIL.COM>
Assunto: Re: AW: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
Data: Domingo, 16 de Outubro de 2011, 16:12


Observe o desenho por favor e escreva o sinal.

Com carinho

Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:14:21 -0700
From: chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Subject: Re: AW: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!

Well, it's not so much "searching by facial expression" but figuring out how do you mark "topic marker" when you want to search for it in use in a sentence. It's not just "eyebrows up" but "eyebrows up in use over a whole phrase indicating a topic marker" 
It's an interesting challenge. In the old DOS one could have a phrase "bracketed" so that one understood that a facial expression applied to a whole phrase. I attempted to do that in my transcriptions on line so that the change of facial expression was part of a "topical marker" so that a face may "hold" a handshape may "hold" while everything else is changing, like a sign like "putting things on a shelf" where one hand may move while the eyes move back and forth from the fixed hand to the moving

Charles Butler

chazzer3332000 at


Clear writing moves business forward.

--- On Thu, 10/13/11, Valerie Sutton <sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG> wrote:

From: Valerie Sutton <sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG>
Subject: Re: AW: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 4:22 PM

SignWriting ListOctober 13, 2011
Hello Charles and Stefan!
Well...big smile...I am an older geezer than all of you - ha!
But it is kind of a surprise to be old and still alive and I am enjoying it ;-)
Richard Gleave's SignWriter //e and //c were wonderful programs - I agree - and SignWriter DOS was based upon them. And I love the new DELEGS program from Germany - what an
So all these programs have blessed us over the years, in different ways... They all have personalities of their own, based on the needs of the times ...
And  we DO have a way to "search by facial expression" - that is what Steve Slevinski just announced yesterday - His new searching software that is now installed in SignPuddle 1.6 can search both dictionaries and SignText documents by ANY symbol in SignWriting, including facial expessions ...
So "searching by facial expression" exists right now -
Val ;-)

On Oct 13, 2011, at 1:07 PM, Charles Butler wrote:
Valerie, Stefan, thank you both so much for listening at this old geezer. I remember the first demo I did in the AppleIIe version where one could take a signed sentence, with one swipe turn everything into fingerspelling, or in one swipe change every word that had an assigned meaning into sign (sort of like a Gloss-based dictionary).  This is very similar to what is being developed in Germany in parallel lines. 
When I demonstrated SW in Brazil, that was the model I was envisioning, to show, in classroom use for a spoken language, the differences between a signed language and a spoken languages grammar. 
With the vertical version, it's a little more ticklish, but it does give one a way to show how different ASL or any other signed language is from spoken languages as a facial expression marker may apply
 to a whole sentence or topic and then change. I showed that in transcribing several ASL narratives where I had to be careful to show the topic markers when they came in with each sign and when they left. I am not sure how to show facial topic markers in the German program and not sure how to encode them as such for searchability in the sign puddle as we haven't come up with a convention for "searching by facial expression". 
Any help? 

Charles Butler

chazzer3332000 at


Clear writing moves business forward.

--- On Thu, 10/13/11, Stefan Wöhrmann <stefanwoehrmann at GOOGLEMAIL.COM> wrote:

From: Stefan Wöhrmann <stefanwoehrmann at GOOGLEMAIL.COM>
Subject: AW: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 12:59 PM


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Hi Valerie,   
... and not to forget the
great efforts and achievements of  Lars Majewski  who developed SignWriter Python  
Stefan ;-)  

Von: SignWriting
List: Read and Write Sign Languages [mailto:SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACOLLEGE.EDU] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton

Gesendet: Donnerstag, 13. Oktober
2011 17:32


Betreff: Re: Please help us test
SignWriter Studio Beta 5!! 

SignWriting List 

October 13, 2011 


Just a quick note here -  


Jonathan, you are doing an excellent job with your current program, and
when you do have time, you have (and everyone has) Richard Gleaves' and my full
permission to use our old source code for SignWriter DOS, to re-implement the
software in modern operating systems...We would love that. 


The old sources are on the web for download and have been for over a
decade. They are in Microsoft Pascal...a very old version. Here are the
download pages: 


There are three download pages, which include downloads for SignWriter
Java too... 



The SignWriter DOS source code is number 7 on the page 2 - 


There is also a wonderful program called SignWriter Tiger that is
actually close to being both a re-construction of SignWriter DOS plus a way to
write in vertical columns - it was developed by Daniel Noelpp Ly and he has
left his sources online for download - if anyone would be willing to finish
that program that would be a blessing as well... 


SignWriter Tiger 


It was so close to being finished and then he could no longer work on
it and so it sits there, waiting for a savior! 


smile - 


No matter what, we look forward to using SignWriter Studio, which is uniquely
your own and that is important too... 


Val ;-) 





On Oct 13, 2011, at 8:09 AM, Jonathan wrote: 


Hi Charles,

    I just tried out SignWriter DOS to see exactly what you are
talking about.   I see you can type right over a sign if you want to,
below, above and if you type a long sentence the other signs move over. 
Is it important for you that the be place on top of the signs too?  Or is
it more important for you to be able to write some text, then some signs, then
some text, etc?

    Had I realized that so many just LOVE the old SignWriter Dos
I may have gotten permission to duplicate it very faithfully.  With
SignWriter Studio some things may be similar but none are identical. 
Right now I am trying to get the three main parts of the program working, the
dictionary ( I will soon have a preview version available), the signlist (for
printing lists of signs from the dictionary) and the document.   Once
I get everything working again after changing to ISWA 2010 and a new database,
I am interested in implement a keyboard like SignWriter DOS.  But first
things first.

    The document isn't functional right now.  Also it only
deals with vertical columns of writing for the time being.  It can have
text above the sign up to the width of the sign, then it wraps onto more
lines.  At present there isn't any way of writing just text without a sign
but it shouldn't be too hard to implement.   The editing of the signs
is done in a popup box instead of directly in the document like SignWriter
DOS.  A lot of thought has been put into it to use the keyboard but it may
need a few more adjustments yet.

Thank you for sharing this important feature with me and list.


On 10/10/2011 9:48 AM, Charles Butler wrote:  

  Jonathan, What I really want is SignWriter DOS on a
  modern system.


  In that program you could interleave written alphabets and sign writing.
  Clunky, but effective.


  You could clip signs from a narrative and put them somewhere else.


  It was a true typing system for signing so that you could assemble a sign by
  typing on a keyboard not a mouse. Yes, I know that the current encoding of
  the ISWA is dependent upon a linking of graphemes and coding equivalents.


  None of the Studios or other efforts have gone back to actual interleaved
  Spoken Language and Signed Language.  I
  can clip a sign and put it in here

  , in TEXT, when does THAT come back in
  a program. I feel like we are continuing to take a great leap
  backward. Until one can type or easily assemble, one can't' send email that
  is in sign language with a spoken language. IF Chinese can do it, I am
  disappointed in every Sign Writing compiler on the market that can't


  Charles Butler


  This is an email program and I can do that, but the SW studio and all other
  programs do not do that. 



  Charles Butler

  chazzer3332000 at


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