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
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.
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.
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.
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
An interface collection deals with the user interface language in
the browser. All parts of the system need to be translated into
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.
A fingerspell collection is for automatic conversion of spoken words
into a sequence of handshape for spelling.
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
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,
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