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Nice work Steve,
      I really like the Query the part about the query strings.  I think 
that can become handy for many programmers thank you for sharing!!
Nice to see everything coming together.

Jonathan
On 6/27/2013 6:45 PM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr wrote:
> Hi List,
>
> I continue to work on SignPuddle development.  Building up the pieces 
> one at a time and connecting them together, layer upon layer.  I've 
> had some tremendous success with the database and with API access.  
> I'd like to share my latest achievements.  I apologize that the 
> details are technical.  Eventually, these details will be covered up 
> by easy to use graphical interfaces.
>
> Today, I release a new version of the SignWriting Icon Server.  It 
> includes a shiny new API: application programming interface.  An API 
> allows others to access our data with modern web technologies.  I 
> currently only have the English/ASL dictionary loaded from 
> SignPuddle.  I am still working on the database and I will load 
> additional puddles in the near future.
>
> So what can the API do?  A user requests data and the API returns the 
> results.
>
> If you visit http://SignPuddle.com you can try it yourself.  The top 
> of the page has a rudimentary front end that allows you to access the API.
>
>
>
> The first input box allows you to search by spoken language.  If we 
> search for "hello", we will see the following results.
>
>
>
> The second input box allows you to search by sign language using 
> Formal SignWriting or a query string.  If you have a sign encoded with 
> FSW that you found online, you can process that sign with the API.  
> Let's consider the following FSW string: 
> AS18701S1870aS2e734S20500M518x533S1870a489x515S18701482x490S20500508x496S2e734500x468
>
> Visualize will show the sign image.
>
>
> Query will search the database for similar signs.
>
>
> Reverse will search for spoken language equivalents for similar signs.
>
>
>
> The query strings are very powerful, but esoteric.  A graphical 
> interface will help, but for now, here is a quick example.  Using the 
> ISWA HTML Reference ( http://signbank.org/iswa ), we determine that we 
> are interested in signs with a particular hand shape (S115)  and the 
> single contact (S205).  These keys need a specific fill and rotation, 
> such as S115 with fill 0 and rotation 0 for key S11500 or we can leave 
> the fill and rotation unspecified such as S115uu.
>
>
> The first query string we'll use is QS11500S20500
>
>
> The second query string will leave the fill and rotation unspecified 
> for the hand shape with query string QS115uuS20500
>
>
>
>
> So just a quick taste of things to come.  Thanks for hanging in there 
> with the technical details.  Query strings are detailed in Modern 
> SignWriting, section 9: 
> http://signpuddle.net/wiki/index.php/MSW:Regular_Storage_Form#9.B._Query_String
>
> Questions or comments are welcome.
>
> Regards,
> ?Steve 

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