Hi Steve,
    Thank you for filling me on this information.
    Which of the two programs in your opinion has the most users?  SignWriter DOS or SignWriter Java?  Which created the most documents? 
    So if I understand correctly SignWriter DOS still has SSS-95 symbols.and SignWriter Tiger has SSS-99. 
Do you know what kind of format SignWriter Tiger is using?  Is it a binary file too?

Do you know if there is source code for SignWriter DOS?  If it's available, it would be a lot easier to figure out how to read the binary file.  What language was that programmed in anyway? C?

So I guess if we were to read the SignWriter DOS files to convert to BSW or a XML format to be used with other programs, we would need to first figure out how to read the files and then write a conversion algorithm from S-95 to ISWA2010.  Going the other way would be counter productive because SSS-95 is a much more limited symbol set and a lot of symbols in ISWA 2010 do not have a corresponding symbol in SSS-95.

On 10/13/2010 11:08 AM, Steve Slevinski wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite"> The SignWriter keyboarding style is great.  There is a steep learning curve that is worth the effort to learn.  There are multiple layers of fine tuning that went into the SignWriter keyboard design over the years.  Valerie and Richard Gleaves spent years improving the flow using a detailed symbol editor that controlled the default behaviors for centering and cursor controls.  Different symbols needed different information that had to be manually created.

Unfortunately, SignWriter Dos uses dense binary files to store and retrieve information.  There was a tool released to convert SignWriter Dos SSS-95 binary files to SignWriter Java SSS-99 data files.

I believe SignWriter skipped SSS-2002.  I think SW-Edit uses the SSS-2002.

I started using the SSS-2004 symbol set, which became known as the IMWA.

The conversion between the IMWA and the ISWA 2008 is about 99.99% accurate.  Some symbols are slightly off center.

The conversion between the ISWA 2008 and the ISWA 2010 is flawless.

Keyboarding should return.  Eventually, we'll need to create an advanced symbol editor for the ISWA 2010 so that we can capture and process specialized symbol information for keyboarding.  This will fine tune the keyboarding experience and improve a writer's speed and accuracy.


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