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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed May 27, 1998  8:08 pm
Subject:  Re: Two-Way SW Dictionaries

On May 27, Leonardo Mahler wrote

>> So the answer is NO...unfortunately right now our software doesn't do
>> two-way dictionaries - Maybe you can develop this?

>Itīs our intention because our chat will need the two-way consult on
>dictionary...Thank very much, Leonardo MAhler.

Thank you, Leonardo, for your energetic attempt at tackling the "two-way
dictionary" software. I will definitely work with you on this.

I just wrote a private message to Leonardo about programming details
because I do not want to overwhelm the list. But there is one thing I
wanted to share with you...

Right now, SignWriter 4.3 has a one way dictionary feature where you can
add 10,000 signs in one dictionary file. And you can have multiple
dictionary files. And that data can always be used in a two-way dictionary
program you could be building and typing dictionaries right now.
Nothing will be lost when the new software arrives. At the moment we have
around 3100 entries in the ASL dictionary. Other countries have larger
dictionaries, such as Norway and Spain.

And the same thing with writing stories - any document you type in
SignWriter 4.3, can be "converted" to the new SignWriter 5.0 later. So the
work can continue right now, using the free shareware we have.

So for those people who are signers, and who want to contribute this
summer, creating a library of literature and larger dictionaries would be
very very helpful.

We can coordinate so we work as a team.

Many thanks for all of your terrific personal messages - I feel so
fortunate to work with so many wonderful people!

All the best -

Valerie Sutton :-)

Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
(619)456-0098 voice
(619)456-0010 tty
(619)456-0020 fax

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