|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Wed Feb 17, 1999 2:42 pm
Subject: Re: Typing SW in a Japanese Program
> Yesterday a Deaf Japanese friend showed me how to use the "other character editor" function, and we drew a SW face. This was treated in the text of our word processor just like any other Kanji (Chinese character), fully scalable, you could make it bold or italic, whatever. This is not SignWriting, but it is something anyway.
> Mark Penner
> Tokyo, Japan
Wow -Mark - this is great. Can you enter other symbols too? Can you create an entire sign as "one symbol"...in other words...two hand symbols, two movement symbols and a facial expression as "one character"? If so, then it might be closer to real SignWriting. Especially if those "characters" can then be placed down in vertical columns. This may turn into something rather useful for people in other countries too.
How many characters can you create and store in this fashion?
By the way, this reminds me of some of our "fingerspelling keys" for other countries. For example in Spain, they have one fingerspelling "letter" that incorporates contacting the face, plus a handshape and a movement symbol. At first I had no idea how I would fit all those symbols in the tiny little space allotted for one key on the keyboard, but I worked on it, and I was able to "squeeze" all those symbols into one key on the fingerspelling keyboard - it was a tight fit and not perfect but at least in Spain they can type that in one "letter" in one keystroke.
Keep us posted, Mark, as to your progress -
Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA