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October 16, 2011

Hi Ingvild and Charles!

Two thoughts...

First, SignWriter DOS is not past tense - it is not in the past. I am using it right now, and so can anyone. Just download DOSBOX and install it:

DOSBOX
http://www.dosbox.com/

Second, software like SignWriter DOS and SignPuddle 1.6, actually has little to do with how you write. You can write the Norwegian mouth movements in any style you choose in SignPuddle 1.6 too - software is not a theory of writing - so there are no limits to your writing styles when it comes to Mouth Movements in either software program...

The only limits to SignWriter DOS usage is that it uses a smaller symbolset (sss1995) and it cannot write down in vertical columns - but other than that there are no limitations on your writing styles no matter which software program you choose -

I think what you really are saying is that you enjoyed writing the old way - and that is fine because you can continue to write the old way!

smile -

We are adding a lot of Norwegian signs and documents - have you notice?I am so happy about it!

SignPuddle for Norway
http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle/index.html#sgn-NO

There are close to 3000 signs now in the dictionary and the literature puddle is growing too - we may need to move some of the individual signs from the literature puddle to the dictionary puddle, but we will do that work later - Thank you for all your old SignWriter DOS files, Ingvild! I am happy to build a sign language corpus in SignPuddle Online for all countries -

Val ;-)

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On Oct 16, 2011, at 5:36 AM, Ingvild Roald wrote:

Another good thing about the DOS-program was the possibility to write the mouthed 'words' near the mouth, rather than using the later invention of Mundbildschrift', for those signed languages that use a lot of mouthing in the signs. Norwegian SL uses mouthing a lot, especially for nouns. Signs that are the same in the hands and other movements, differ in the mouthing and make distinctive signs that way. NSL claims to have no homonyms (two or more signs that look exatly the same but have different meaning) because of this.

Ingvild 


Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 19:03:24 -0700
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Subject: Re: Please help us test SignWriter Studio Beta 5!!
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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. 


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