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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Sep 16, 1999  9:48 pm
Subject:  Re: Announcing: SignBank Database Online


>What about IBM compatibles? Is there a sign bank for us?
>
>Pastor Ronald & Judith Dettloff

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Smile - Hi Ron!

The SignWriter Computer Program is for IBM Compatibles, and it has a
dictionary program that is better than SignBank in many ways. It is true
that the SignWriter dictionary cannot open with other programs at the
moment, but SignBank on the Mac is far from perfect either...SignBank does
not have a way to type SignWriting, only a way to store signs that are
already typed....

Of course our goal is to have both on both computers, and to improve them
as well...it is just very costly, and takes time - but we are working on it!

Meanwhile, we have the web - and the SignBankSite offers data to anyone who
can access the web, regardless of their computer model...and on top of
that...technically you can open a web program and cut, copy and paste signs
into other programs...so the web's SignBank will be like a floating
dictionary, without all the special programming, and without purchasing
anything - so it solves a lot of the problems of software development.

Valerie ;-)




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