Hi Valerie and everyone,


just want to reinforce that the German Signpuddle –Email service has almost died. Why. They told me that to write case sensitive causes that many problems and is tremendous time consuming – so they stopped to write messages via Sign-mail – which is a pitty!


Do not know if there is any way to make exceptions for given SignPuddles that would love to get back to the old routines.


@Steve: I do not understand the technical aspect of the idea that  you wanted to change to the case sensitive procedure – but there must be some idea ;-))

Any chance to get the German SignPuddle back to not sensitive?


All best Stefan


Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Madson Barreto
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 30. August 2012 15:14
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Hello Valerie and everyone,


Some time ago we posted here on the list about the issue in Case Sensitive SignPuddle. Then Raquel and I talked with Val by Skype.


In Brazil many deaf people have difficulty with the Portuguese language due to deficient educational processes in teaching Second Language. Thus, differentiation of uppercase / lowercase can hinder the use of SignPuddle.


- Someone saved the sign 'Casa' / 'House' (capitalized/ uppercase)

- Then another (or the same) sought the sign 'casa' / 'house' (lowercase). The sign capitalized will not be found, but both mean the same thing ...


=> Another issue is the ACCENTS.

In Brazil the accent is important, but sometimes as much as deaf listeners (especially the deaf) have great difficulty in its use because it is linked to issues phonetic / phonological Portuguese. 


So, if someone saves the sign for 'odd' / unpaired with accent (is correct) and a deaf man seeks the sign 'odd' without accent (is incorrect) or accent in the wrong place 'odd' (is incorrect), and not will find that the sign has been saved by someone else. This also hinders the use of text translation tool.


We suggest That the search ignore these differences. This would Facilitate the use of SignPuddle by deaf Brazilian Also.





Madson and Raquel Barreto