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Part of it is to understand that many educational systems use Sign Writing to show the grammar comparing a local sign language to the local spoken language. 
The useful thing about SW Dos is that one can use the spoken language, the signed language, and fingerspelling so that one can compare gramatically, very similar to the current German system. 
Thank you for your attention. Charles

Charles Butler

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--- On Thu, 10/13/11, Jonathan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Jonathan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
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Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:09 AM


  

    
  
  
    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.

    

    Jonathan

    

    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 interleave. 

              

              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

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