Hi Val, Maria and everyone,

I do not teach Sign Writing to Deaf students.  But, Deaf teacher asks me to
write SW story or LSQ grammars. I give them to Deaf teacher who sometimes
(not everyday) uses them with Deaf students.  I am a teacher (University of
Ottawa, not school for the Deaf).



De :  Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>
Répondre à :  "SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages"
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Date :  Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:13:53 -0700
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Objet :  Re: Macintosh features for Deaf-Blind and Universal Access

SignWriting List
August 31, 2012

Hi Maria -

There is nothing new. SignWriting is not different for the blind. Andre is a
teacher and researcher, in French-Canada, who is using SignWriting with his
Deaf students. I assume most of Andre's students can see, but Andre has
limited sight. But he does have some sight. That is why Andre's emails are
large yellow type, so he can see the yellow on black letters on his screen…

So back when Andre used a Windows computer, Steve was kind enough to create
a Blind User Interface for SignPuddle, which anyone can change over to, so
that for people who cannot see well and have a Windows computer, they can
still see the icons and symbols of SignWriting because everything reverses…

I always wanted Andre to get a Macintosh because the Mac has a way to get
the entire computer to reverse its screen so Andre can see everything
reversed, without us developing a special UI for people who need to reverse
their screen on Windows - but we will keep the special UI for others -

So SignWriting isn't any different for Andre than for normally signed
people- he just needs special feature of black becomes white and white
becomes black - like the old SignWriter DOS screen is -

To access the different User Interfaces (UIs) go to:

or in your own SignPuddle, scroll down and click on this icon:

Val ;-)


On Aug 31, 2012, at 1:02 PM, MARIA GALEA wrote:

> Hi -
> could you explain briefly how the SW for the blind works? and what is your
> work with this Andre'? I've looked into your SignPuddle - and it's the
> only one with a blind and sighted version - how can the Blind access SW?
> thanks!
> maria
>> SignWriting List
>> August 31, 2012
>> Thank you, Steve, for helping us. I figured that was the case. Restart
>> your computer and then do not access the Blind icon, but always stay
>> within the Sighted buttons, so you do not have the screen reversed for
>> Windows. Now that you are on a Macintosh, you do not need special
>> programming to see the symbols because of the Mac feature of auto-reverse
>> of everything on the Mac�
>> Technically we do not need the Blind buttons any longer, but I could keep
>> them and make it clear that they are only for Windows, not the Mac...
>> Thanks Steve!
>> ------
>> On Aug 31, 2012, at 9:20 AM, Steve Slevinski wrote:
>>> Hi Andre,
>>> Accessing the blind interface sets a value that inverts the symbol
>>> colors.  This value is set as long as the session is active.  It should
>>> be enough to quit the browser and restart.  If that doesn't work, please
>>> reboot the computer.
>>> Regards,
>>> -Steve