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An avatar would be a good addition to signpuddle.  Beginners like me could see if the sign is incorrectly written by looking at the avatar.  An automatically generated animated gif would not highlight mistakes as clearly.
 
André Lemyre
 

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:01:45 -0800
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Subject: Re: Animations to teach signwriting
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I am truly amazed at the improvement in avatar programming since I first saw it modeled in a SWML project in Brazil in 2001. To have a full-time team working on animating the SW corpus is truly astonishing. If it is possible to interlink this program with the SignPuddles at some point in the future, it will truly be astounding to show the world how useful SW is as an everyday writing system that includes all of the parameters in the process. 

If one uses "confusao" and "complicado" in LIBRAS as examples, this would be an example the same handshapes connected in the same way where the only difference is speed of movement. 
 
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From: André L <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, January 9, 2014 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: Animations to teach signwriting

 
The avatar is a 3D character that signs like a human.  Like from a video game.
 
It translates English, French, arabic writen texts by using SignWriting descriptions.
 
This is more powerful than animated gif.  The animated gif is closer from the written form.  That is why it can help learning to write.
 
Because the avatar and gif animation are competing solutions for almost the same needs, we need to discuss to put energy at the right place. 
 
The avatar already exists.  It has a huge team.
 
For more information about the avatar refer to the the tunisian team who worked on an avatar that translates SignWriting in a 3D animation.  Yosra Bouzid and Mohamed Jemni.
 
I will try tomorrow to find the link were you can interact with the avatar.  I used it once.  It works for ASL, tunisian sign language and more...

 André Lemyre

Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:09:38 -0800
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Subject: Re: Animations to teach signwriting
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I would like to get my fact straight. In our vocabulary, Does avatar means 3d animated interpreter? If so, yes Im very interested to be involved however I feel animated signwriting should be different group away from 3d animated interpreter. I do believe 3d animated will be more suffice because its most exciting for general average people.
Dale Archuleta


From: André L <[log in to unmask]>;
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Subject: Re: Animations to teach signwriting
Sent: Thu, Jan 9, 2014 5:25:45 PM

Bonjour Mohamed JEMNI,
Bonjour Yosra BOUZID,

il y a présentement une discussion sur le forum général de SignWriting sur la pertinence et la faisabilité d'utiliser des animations en format gif pour enseigner l'écriture de langue signées.  Ces animations mettaient en mouvement les symboles standard de SignWriting. 
 
Une extension de cette idée est d'intégrer ces animations dans les dictionnaires de SignWriting comme sign puddle.  Il serait alors possible de traduire automatiquement de longs textes en mode animation.  Ce concept est très proche de l'avatar que vous avez développé.
 
Pourriez-vous vous joindre à nous pour cette réflexion?
 
Merci
 
André Lemyre
 
En attachement vous trouverez les discussions précédentes et un exemple d'animation.
 

Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:42:43 -0600
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Subject: Re: Animations to teach signwriting
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Hi Andre,
    One of the great chanllenges of using the current software for animated GIFs is lining up one frame with the next.
Your idea of all frames having head, is a good idea for a center, but if each GIF frame is a different size it will only be a little help for aligning them.  A solution with a fixed width and height per animation would be better (it could be different from one animation to another).

I was thinking on way would be to make a vertical line and a horizontal line in the SignWriting as a reference. It would be have to be big enough to fit all the animation we would want to write. All frames would come out the same size and everything would be referent (centered) to these lines.

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The down side is that you would have to manually take out the lines afterwards frame by frame.

Or

In SignWriter Studio these lines could even be white just like the background.  (Sorry no support for transparencies in SignWriter Studio at this time).  Then with a graphics program that does transparencies change the white to transparent.  Just don't use the same white (maybe an offwhite) for the hands as for the background and the lines.

Jonathan

On 1/8/2014 12:02 PM, André L wrote:
Such an editor would take existing signs and allow manipulating them. 
Example: Selecting a vertical hand would allow to puting it horizontal to illustrate a rotation...
 
Such software should not be coded too soon. People need to explore the possibilities.  The proof of concept is starting.
 
This is my current process.
1- Import a dictionary in sign writer studio.
2- Select a sign.
3-Create a copy of the sign.
4-Edit the sign by selecting symbols to duplicate or reposition.
5-If necessary add a head.  This defines where the hands will be located.
6-Copy paste an image of signwriter studio in pain.
7-Resize the paint display.
-----transparency setting would come here----
8-Create several copies of the written sign.
9-Edit each file with the same name and a counter (file 0 is the original written sign with extra transition symbols).  The head is my origin.  It should not move.
10-Feed the files in a gif animator.
 
 

Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:43:06 -0800
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Yes, it sound like we will need to developing "Animated Signwriting Creator" software where it automatically set up rules and grids template screen to positioning loops cycle for us to follow to prevent errors. And capacity to format transparent background
Dale Archuleta


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Sent: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 5:25:35 PM

I agree with you that mixing signwriting and videos will become an habit in some future.  The need cannot be delayed, we would have to redo much work.
 
The template window frame for the gif may be big.  We must allow the character to extend  left and right arms.  That would make a huge white square on top of a video.  Transparency would hide less of the content.
Another example would be animated cartoons.
 
André Lemyre

 

Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2014 07:31:07 -0800
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Andre Lemyre
There are several reasons why transparent background is needed but it is not required. One of examples, if I want to put animated signwriting on the pictures or videos on fixed opacity transparent background to easy on eyes comfort to reading without colors inpurterted matched colors. It would be lot of work if I have to modify GIFS personally. I'm sure some of people has other reasons.
Dale Archuleta


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Sent: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 12:15:57 PM

Do you have an example of a need to overlay a sign to something else?
I think that I saw a free gif animator 10 years ago that supported transparent beackground.
I will do a research.
 
André Lemyre
 

Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:03:14 -0800
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Hello
I understood most Editors programs doesn't supports transparent backgrounds. I feel its very important to have entirely transparent background because it's able to overlays anything without modification.
Dale Archuleta


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Sent: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 4:23:30 AM

Hello,
 
I agree with a reserve.
We may want the white surfaces of the hands and the face to remain white if we display the animation on a coloured background.  Also, in my first  attempts I used Microsoft paint, which does not support transparent background.  Considering that dictionnaries have between 1000 and 5000 words, and there are several contributors, we need to ensure ease of creation to make this project grow.  Standards will be important to avoid redoing the work when someone finds a better way to proceed.
 
Also, I will contact soon the tunisian team who worked on an avatar that translates SignWriting in a 3D animation.   I would start with  Yosra Bouzid and Mohamed Jemni.

Conceptually, our doing gif animation is a subset of what the avatar does in an automated manner.  The avatar may be able to write the gif animations in an automated manner on a large scale.  I such scenario would happen, our best input may become to increase the dictionnaries size to "feed" the avatar or to help it with directional words (example: I give you, you give me). 
 
Concertation will be important before going any further.
 
André Lemyre

Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:39:37 -0800
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I also agreed rules needs to be applied before processing the animated dictionary. Such as size, resolute, aligned positioning, etc... I would like offer to add other rule. All GIFS should have transparent backgrounds. In a case, we will not need to reformat entire dictionary in future use.
Dale Archuleta


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Subject: Re: Animations to teach signwriting
Sent: Tue, Jan 7, 2014 1:57:39 AM

Hello Jonathan and Valerie,
 
I would prefer to have the animations with the regular dictionaries , just like the optional illustration or video but distinct.
In a distant future, the translate feature could concatenate the animations in long stories.
 
I will spend some time preparing samples of animations to see how symbols could be used (good and bad examples).  I will provide several alternatives for people to compare.  I will make a document to open a discussion establish some standards (not my personal preferences).  We do not want an animation of several words being misaligned, shrinking and growing with blinking  fuzzy heads with several file formats and resolution. 
 
We will need the opinion of Deaf people, programmers, teachers,  SignWriters, children and teenagers for an acceptance test.  Speed will be an issue, I expect Deaf people and fluent signwriters to prefer fast videos (i.e. at a signing speed) while beginners will be lost. 
 
André Lemyre
 

 

Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:34:07 -0800
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January 6, 2014

Thank you, Jonathan!

Val ;-)

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On Jan 6, 2014, at 4:27 PM, Jonathan Duncan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Val,
    With a few small modifications SignWriter Studio should be able to store and display animated GIFs.  Sounds like an exciting project!! :-)  
    I would be glad to update SignWriter Studio so that it have the animations.
Jonathan

On 1/6/2014 4:01 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
SignWriting List
January 6, 2014

Hello André!
Thank you for this message and for the attached PowerPoint - It is good to know that PowerPoint can accept animated GIFs. It looks great!

I agree that animated SignWriting is valuable as an educational tool…I think others agree too -

Would you, or anyone else, be interested in working on a new project…an Animated SignWriting Dictionary on the web?

Take a look at this web page:


It is a simple page that shows the sign written in SignWriting, and to the right of the sign, is the animated version of it…

We could have an entire site devoted to this Animated SignWriting Dictionary and Animated SignWriting Literature idea…

It could be a relaxed project for fun with no deadlines or any pressure at all (I do not like deadlines or pressure ;-) 

Just whenever the whim hits, do a few animations, and save them in a file. Then we can post them in a new site...

The project could be done for any sign language, and essentially be like a SignPuddle Online but for animated signs -

And that brings up the next question….Steve and Jonathan…could SignPuddle and SignWriter Studio store animated GIFs?

Val ;-)

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On Jan 6, 2014, at 9:50 AM, André L <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello,
Animations might be an intuitive way to teach signwriting to deaf children.
It uses their knowledge of sign language.
The movements make the writing more intuitive, closer to their experience.
There are less symbols to read at once.
It is easy to display on a screen, a computer or on paper.
A teacher can write on a slide with the mouse during the class.
It is possible to create a power point show (does not require power point to be displayed).
 
Here is an example of one animated word.  It could be a sentence, a small movie...
 
 
André Lemyre
 
 
 
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