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?


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.
> 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:
> 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:
> 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:
> Previous version of Internet-Draft:
> 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:
> SignPuddle 1.6 SPML puddle files:
> 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

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