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Hi Valerie,
Thank you for your answer - no I wouldn't attempt to count all
SignWriters! I know that task is impossible - mainly it's the Active
Literature Puddles that I would like to know where possible - but it's no
problem if there is no answer to the number of people using the US lit
puddle - i will just state things as they are - that we do not know, it's
not a problem.
Thank you!!
Maria

> SignWriting List
> September 13, 2012
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> On Sep 13, 2012, at 2:49 AM, MARIA GALEA wrote:
>> I need to know how many known writers input into the US Public
>> Literature
>> Puddle? Can anyone help?
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> Hello Maria and everyone -
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> Regarding the ASL Literature Puddle - I would have to go through each
> document in the entire puddle and search for the sources one by one, but
> that would not necessarily give you the right sources, because sometimes
> one person would enter many old documents for others, so we need to clean
> up the Source information in the US Literature puddle and we have not done
> that yet - My nephews and others helped us with the SignWriting Document
> Preservation Project (http://www.signwriting.org/literature/preservation/)
> years ago, and so they entered lots of documents for other people�.
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> Regarding finding all the writers who write SignWriting in the world
> (grin)� just to share with you...
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> We have a way to search for a specific source, in SignPuddle, so if you
> were looking for all the documents written by one person, and that person
> put his or her name in the Source area, you could find all the documents
> written by that person� That is a cool new feature of SignPuddle 2�
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> But to find a listing of all sources for all puddle files is hard - I do
> not know how to do that - You could go through each file or document and
> record the sources one by one�which would be a huge and tiring job - or
> maybe someday there would be a way to find that through the software
> behind the scenes - I will ask Steve -
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> So how many people write SignWriting?
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> If that is the question then searching SignPuddle is not the only answer,
> since there are other software programs with many writers too�and since
> there are some writers who do not use computers at all - and there are
> more writers out there that do not use computers than anyone realizes�
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> An example is the SignWriting workshop in Amman, Jordan, which I just
> posted to the List - in 2010. All the participants were Deaf, and most
> wrote by hand, but then they also used other software other than
> SignPuddle - I noticed in the photos it looks like they used SWEdit from
> Brazil - that is a good program that many people use in Brazil as well -
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> And the DELEGS software also has writers - so it is almost impossible to
> know how many people write SignWriting documents around the world except
> judging by the great photos and emails I get, they certainly are active!
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> Val ;-)
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> Valerie Sutton
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