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September 6, 2011

Hello Schuyler -
Welcome to the SignWriting List and the SignWriting community...

And I particularly like your last paragraph below (big grin ;-)

It is nice to know that SignWriting was easy for you to learn and that our work has been helpful to you -

I know Steve has been working towards the idea of a SignWriting app for the iPad, but I do not know where that stands right now - so many other projects happening simultaneously - but the future for SignWriting in mobile applications is bright -

I do not own an Android phone, so I am not able to test your new software - has anyone else tried it yet?

Val ;-)

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On Sep 6, 2011, at 8:02 AM, Schuyler Duveen wrote:

> Hi folks,
> 
> I'm new to the community.  I became interested in learning sign language early this year, and discovered Sign Writing through some web searches.  Recently, I also became interested in learning about mobile application development, and SignWriting seemed like a great way to store a large ASL dictionary offline (so I can get it on the subway and without downloading a large video or something) and SignPuddle's export made it possible to start with a large database of signs.
> 
> This is still not-even-alpha software -- lots of bugs, and debugging data exposed, but for those of you with Android phones you should be able to install this .apk file:
> 
> http://skyb.us/static/signlanguage/downloads/SkySigns.apk
> 
> (Follow these instructions:
> http://www.androidcentral.com/allow-app-installs-unknown-sources
> and then visit the above link from your phone.  After install, read the About page first.)
> 
> Right now, it's just a dictionary with look-up, but I hope eventually to add reverse-lookup, a sign composer (so people can add to the dictionary easily), and support for arbitrary dictionaries (via spml files?).
> 
> I'd also like to open-source license it, but because I'd like this app to be available on the android and iphone markets, I need to figure out what the best license is for such things (since they're pretty antagonistic toward open-source apps).
> 
> In the meantime, this is also just a hello.  SignWriting was really easy to learn, and the infrastructure that all of you have built is amazing.
> 
> cheers,
> Schuyler
>