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August 23, 2015

WOW!

Everyone must see this video to see what Eduardo is so excited about ...

https://vimeo.com/137097242

This is not a special program for dictionaries or specialized uses like SignPuddle or SignMaker, but instead this is bringing written sign languages into the actual settings of a smartphone -

Am I correct, Eduardo? This is translating the settings, like the time, date, and so forth, into a written sign language...

What are the ramifications of this? Does this mean that the entire smartphone interface could be written in sign languages?

And what about texting?

Val ;-)


> On Aug 23, 2015, at 8:41 PM, Eduardo TrĂ¡pani <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I hope a video sheds some light on my idea about signwriting in  phones.
> 
> FirefoxOS is an operating system for mobile devices that has been
> translated into many, many languages. And I would like to have it in
> LSU, Libras, ASL, ...
> 
> What I did was add the languages (just ASL and Libras to the ones I
> already had) and translate the texts using FSW instead of sentences in
> other language. That and a slightly modified version of Signwriting Thin
> Viewer (it's awesome work Steve!) did the trick.
> 
> https://vimeo.com/137097242
> 
> About the video: first you'll see the lock screen, notice that the day
> and month are in ASL. Then, moving on to the home screen you will notice
> that Phone, Contacts and Messages have their names in ASL. From there I
> go to Settings. You can see the texts for "Settings" (the title, a bit
> cropped) and then "Networks and connectivity", "Airplane mode" and
> "Geolocalization".
> 
> Moving down you can see the name of the language and then the translated
> date and time. I could have changed the language to Esperanto, or
> English or Libras, and the translated texts would have appeared in that
> language right away (the fallback language for untranslated text is
> English).
> 
> The translation took a couple of minutes, just copy paste from
> signpuddle. One good thing is that nobody would have to go for the whole
> translation at once, one can always use an appropiate fallback language
> or have more languages in the phone. So it will always be usable.
> 
> Making SW work involved some technical knowledge, but it seems that the
> next version of FirefoxOS will come with language packs, as soon as
> November. Than, and a plugin should make the whole thing a breeze in the
> near future.
> 
> There will be some issues along the way, for sure, but it can be done!
> 
> Friendly, Eduardo.
> 
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