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Hi Val and SignWriting List,

Here is my report for Friday, September 28th, 2018.  This is report 4 of 17.

Some people have expressed their interest in the PocketPuddle v3.  I have a box of 10 to give away.  I will be shipping them later this year.


The first one is reserved for Jorge Pinto in Brazil.


The rest will be given away in weekly drawings.  If you'd like to participate, reply to the SignWriting List, reply to the Facebook post in the Sutton SignWriting group, or send me a private email.  All I need is your name and country for you to enter.  Bonus entry for anyone who describes their use of SignWriting or their hope for the future.  Thursday next week, I'll put all of the names in a hat and let you know the results on Friday.

If you like this idea, consider joining my Patreon campaign to support this effort and additional giveaways.
https://www.patreon.com/signwriting

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SignPuddle 3 development is moving along nicely.  The application is based on the idea of collections created by our users.  There are 6 types of collections.

## Dictionary
A dictionary collection is a group of signs.  Each sign language will have at lease two dictionaries: practice and public.  Writing in the public dictionary will be edited for content, while writing in the practice dictionary will be left alone.  SignPuddle 3 will include dictionary printing to PDF.  So will the PocketPuddle.

## Literature
A literature collection is a group of related text segments.  Stories, books, articles, and other extended writing.  Next year I'm hoping to work on the literature to PDF feature for SignPuddle 3 and the PocketPuddle.

## Interface
An interface collection deals with the user interface language in the browser.  All parts of the system need to be translated into other languages.

## Alphabet
An alphabet collection is a subset of the ISWA 2010 that has been tailored for a specific language or project.  The alphabet can be automatically created by analyzing a set of text, or an alphabet can be custom designed.  The alphabets are used on the symbol palettes and elsewhere for symbol choice.

## Fingerspell
A fingerspell collection is for automatic conversion of spoken words into a sequence of handshape for spelling.

## Keyboard
The keyboard collection will be used for keyboard commands and typing.  These collections are highly keyboard dependent.  The format will be configurable so that power users will be able to create and share the keyboard designs for their country and language.

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These collections will be created by the users of SignPuddle 3.  Each of these collections will be available for download and for integration into other software projects. 

I am particularly excited to help our users clean up the public dictionaries.  I believe we can create a great resource for autocomplete and spellchecking.

Thanks for reading,
-Steve

https://SteveSlevinski.me
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