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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Jun 21, 1999  2:41 pm
Subject:  International Keystrokes

On Wed, 9 Jun 1999, Bill Reese wrote:

>Consider how word processors handle text. They can color them, scale
>them, turn
>them sideways, put them on an arc... all sorts of interesting ways. I'm sure
>there were lots of discussions about the applicability of those things and
>ended up doing them. Perhaps, you could look at how text is handled in a
>standard wordprocessor and try to match as many capabilities as you can.


Thanks, Bill, for mentioning this, and your point is well taken. Basing
features on other programs will be wise, since we all learn those features
everyday on our computers. And we tend to expect them too.

A Sign Language processor is slightly different than a word processor, but
on the other hand, we do need to mimic the features of word processors.

Changing the subject slightly, let me share with all of you, what we are
working with right now....

I am designing the Menus in ASL Signs today. I hope to post the design for
ASL Menus on the web in the next couple of days. We now have the Menus in
five spoken languages and one signed language.

Meanwhile, our programmer, Rich, is working with the issues of the
different operating systems on different computers. As you know, the java
programming language is generally considered to be cross-platform. When
SignWriter 5.0 is ready, it will be available on the Macintosh and Windows,
and possibly Unix someday.

But the operating systems of the three computers have three separate
standards, as to how one uses keystrokes to access menus. So "a standard
feature" on Windows is not necessarily a standard feature on the Macintosh
or Unix. We are trying to develop keystrokes that will also be
cross-platform ...."international keystrokes"... that can be used in any
language on any computer. It will be interesting to see if it is
successful. Releasing the beta test version of SignWriter 5.0 will help us
find out if it works....

Thanks again for your input -

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


The DAC, Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
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