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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jun 9, 1999  3:50 am
Subject:  Designing New Interface for SW 5.0


June 8, 1999

Dear SW List -
As you know I am in the process of designing a new user interface for
SignWriter 5.0.

I am not done with the design...in fact I have only started!!

Would you like to see what I have done so far?

I have posted, on our SW web site, two screen designs that show a little
bit of the designs I am working on...please know I am still working on
them. These designs show what the pull-down menus may possibly look like
with icons, and also what they look like if you choose Menus with Words. I
am still developing the icons, so you will notice that some of the icons
are missing :-)

Menus in Icons
http://www.SignWriting.org/soft004.html

Menus in Words
http://www.SignWriting.org/soft005.html

Notice how the pull-down menus under the heading "Menus" gives a variety of
choices to the user. These choices only change how the Menus are read. They
do not determine how a person types.

When the program opens, a blinking cursor appears in an empty document,
waiting for you to type.

Typing is determined by going under the headings "Signs", "Fingerspelling"
or "Words" and choosing your mode of typing.

If someone does not go under one of those headings, and simply starts
typing, the default is typing "Signs". This is the same as it is right now
in SW 4.3. The default is typing Signs, unless you choose to go under
Fingerspelling or Words and change keyboards. Most people type signs.
Fingerspelling and the roman alphabet are not used as much. And the sign
keyboard is completely international.

All of you have been very supportive and I know you want flexibility. - We
are lucky, because Java is a flexible programming language, which is great
for SignWriting.

So I am always open to your suggestions. And oh yes - notice when I list
countries in words -that I am listing the name of the country, and then the
language from that country. For example, look at Spain. It is listed as
Spain-Madrid, because we are writing the Madrid dialect of Spanish and
Spanish Sign Language. Spain has a lot of dialects. Catalonian Sign
Language, for example, is different - at least I believe that is true. We
have some small interest from a Deaf group there, so there may be a day
when SignWriting is used for two different signed languages in Spain. If
that is the case, then we would list Spain-Madrid and Spain-Catalan.

With the international flags, we will have to develop a way to show those
dialects with icons, which is going to be a little complex...any
suggestions on that score? Maybe they have territorial flags for Catalan?

Can you believe how international we have become? :-)

Valerie :-)

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Valerie Sutton

SignWriting

http://www.SignWriting.org

The DAC, Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
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