[Sw-l] What is the functionality of the SignPuddle encyclopedia?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Oct 7 16:40:42 UTC 2022

SignWriting List
October 7, 2022

Hi Profo Rubens Almeida, and Steve -

Thank you for this question about how to use the Encyclopedia section in SignPuddle…

One of the reasons there is little explanation on how to use the encyclopedia section in SignPuddle is because all of us were learning what was needed. The Wikipedias in written sign languages was a “grand experiment” and it lead us in several different directions…

For example, take a look at this beautiful article written in LIBRAS (see link below). Did you write this, Rubens? Whoever did write it, it is wonderful and thank you! But how was it composed? Did the writer use SignPuddle and then transfer the article into the Wikipedia site? Or did the author use the Rand Keyboard? I am curious to know myself… So I believe the encyclopedia section is a collection of signs people needed for writing articles, without too much consistency…but nonetheless articles are written and that is what matters…


Here is a screen capture of the beginning of the article:


> On Oct 6, 2022, at 7:18 AM, Stephen Slevinski <slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET> wrote:
> Hi Profo Rubens Almeida,
> The dictionary is for single sign entries.  They may have a sign text definition.
> The encyclopedia is for extended texts.  The sign entry, if there is one, would be the entry title.  In theory, the encyclopedia is a place to prepare texts for the sign language wikipedias on the Wikimedia Incubator.
> * https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Incubator:Test_wikis_of_sign_languages
> -Steve


> On 10/5/22 5:11 PM, Profo Rubens Almeida wrote:
>> Greetings to all SignWriting List members,
>> I'm curious to understand what I can create in SignPuddle Brasil's encyclopedia directory. I have always used dictionary directories and the literature library to create and search for signs and texts written in Libras. So I would like to know what is the difference between the dictionary and the encyclopedia. Even on page 13 of the Help Manuals, each directory except the encyclopedia is explained. I accessed the encyclopedia and realized that there are few records of signals, both from Brazil and the United States as well, and with similar functionalities.
>> Thank you so much for everyone's attention!
>> Hugs!



Valerie Sutton
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