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I need to be able to render images of single or multiple signs and
then save those images for use in other documents.  I really like
to be able to compose multiple word phrases from single words, such
that I can have a mapping of words => asl signs and I can select an
arbitrary subset of these words and render them as a single image.

So, I might have three word => asl signs:

  want, stick, rock

And I need to be able to create the image of want+stick or
want+rock.

Specifically, in a TeX document, I type something like:

\ASL{want+stick}

and I look up those two tokens in a database, get (currently) the
bsw code, and then ship that off to SWIS for rendering a single
image which gets included back into the TeX document.

I can modify the phrase I create, and so long as I have my BSW
codes in my database, things just work for me.

-Alan

On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 02:26:11PM -0700, Adam Frost wrote:
> My understanding is that the bsw code has been made deprecated, but it seems that there is an export feature. I don't know exactly what it will do and I don't know exactly what you are hoping to do, so I don't know how to answer your question. I'd guess that if you ask, it will be worked on if it can be done. ;-)
> 
> Adam
> On Jul 11, 2011, at 2:04 PM, Alan Post wrote:
> 
> > I don't see a way, in signpuddle 1.6, to extract the sign from
> > SignPuddle.  I use SignPuddle almost exclusively to look up
> > signs and then copy them (by bsw code) into other documents.
> > 
> > I don't see this feature or anything equivalent to it in SignPuddle
> > 1.6.  Will it be there?
> > 
> > -Alan
> > 
> > On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 03:45:45PM -0500, Steve Slevinski wrote:
> >> Hi list,
> >> 
> >> This week, we will be performing the final quality assurance testing 
> >> before moving SignPuddle 1.6 into production.  I invite anyone 
> >> interested to check it out give it a try.  Please report any issues or 
> >> questions to the SW List.
> >> http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle1.6
> >> 
> >> If everything goes well, SignPuddle will be upgraded early next week.  
> >> There will be a few hours down time, but everything should be back up 
> >> and running the same day.  All previous links will continue to work as 
> >> expected.
> >> 
> >> The major changes for SignPuddle 1.6 are structural  and foundational 
> >> rather than major improvements to the user interface.  These changes 
> >> will provide a pathway to the future and streamline the creation of more 
> >> powerful viewer and editors.
> >> 
> >> Symbol Set
> >> ---------
> >> The SignWriting symbol set for SignPuddle has been updated to the ISWA 
> >> 2010.  The most notable change is the expansion of the movement 
> >> symbols.  You will notice the change in the symbol palette.  All of the 
> >> signs and sign texts have been converted from the ISWA 2008 to the ISWA 
> >> 2010.  The conversion has been thoroughly tested and should be 100% 
> >> accurate.  The ISWA 2010 is a focused refactor of the ISWA 2008.  You 
> >> can read about the specific changes:
> >> http://www.signpuddle.net/mediawiki/index.php/ISWA_2008#Successor
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Preliminary Unicode
> >> -----------------
> >> Symbol identification has been modified from the Symbol ID to the 
> >> Preliminary Unicode string.  This string is in agreement with what has 
> >> been proposed before the governing bodies of Unicode Consortium.  This 
> >> string is equivalent to a purely ASCII string called the symbol key.  We 
> >> are planning a follow-up Unicode presentation in the beginning of 2012 
> >> and hope to be included in the official balloting.  You can read the 
> >> Unicode proposal:
> >> http://std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n4090.pdf
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Word Structure
> >> -------------
> >> Each sign is represented as a separate word which is a string of 
> >> sequential letters and symbols, replacing the previous methods of comma 
> >> separated values and SWML.  The new word structure sets SignWriting as a 
> >> formal language with advantages for searching, sorting, and layout.  The 
> >> word structure will be explicitly defined and leveraged in the update to 
> >> my Internet-Draft later this year.
> >> 
> >> Formal language definition:
> >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formal_language
> >> 
> >> Previous version of Internet-Draft:
> >> http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-slevinski-iswa-2010-00
> >> 
> >> 
> >> XML Data Set
> >> -----------
> >> The main data backend for SignPuddle has been updated to XML through the 
> >> use of SignPuddle Markup Language files.  Each SPML file represents an 
> >> entire dictionary or document collection.  These files are easy to 
> >> backup, restore, and transfer.  These files can easily be included with 
> >> any program that can process XML.
> >> 
> >> SPML Document Type Definition:
> >> http://www.signpuddle.net/spml_1.6.dtd
> >> 
> >> SignPuddle 1.6 SPML puddle files:
> >> http://signbank.org/signpuddle1.6/data/spml/
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Sign Text Justification
> >> ------------------
> >> Sign Text justification forces the signs of a column to align with both 
> >> the top and bottom, thereby removing the jagged appearance at the bottom 
> >> when several columns appear side by side.  The excessive space that 
> >> previously occurred at the bottom of a column is redistributed between 
> >> the signs in the column.
> >> 
> >> Sign Text justification also forces punctuation to remain at the bottom 
> >> of a column, rather than allow punctuation to start a new column.  The 
> >> spaces between the signs in a column are compressed to pull a 
> >> punctuation to the bottom of a column.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Scalable Vector Graphics
> >> ---------------------
> >> Within ColumnMaker, SVG support has been added.  There are 4 automated 
> >> vector tracings of the ISWA 2010 available.  A 5th version of manual 
> >> refinements is a work in progress.  SVG support is planned throughout 
> >> SignPuddle in the near future.  The user will be able to choose between 
> >> raster PNG images or SVG.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> SignText Loading...
> >> -----------------
> >> SignText has been given a small update that forces the symbols to 
> >> properly load before the text is displayed.  This removed the need to 
> >> use the "refresh" button to fix the text when using SignText.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Thanks for your attention,
> >> -Steve
> >> 
> > 
> > -- 
> > .i ma'a lo bradi ku penmi gi'e du
> > 
> 

-- 
.i ma'a lo bradi ku penmi gi'e du