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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Jun 7, 1998  5:48 am
Subject:  SignWriting In Brazil

Dear SW List Members:
I had a delightful visit with my special guest from Brazil, Ronice M.
Quadros. I was so happy to meet Ronice, who is a very sweet and special
person :-)

Besides visiting Salk Institute, and meeting some of my Deaf friends and
colleagues, Ronice and I worked on preparing materials for the SignWriting
Literacy Project in Brazil.

Because of our meeting together, we now have...

1. A "History of SignWriting" written in Brazilian Portuguese by Ronice.
This was already written before Ronice arrived here, but I was so impressed
with it...We are planning to post it on our web site :-)

2. Two booklets, "Introduction to SignWriting" and "SignWriting Basics",
which accompany the Lessons In SignWriting Video Series, will now be
available in Brazilian Portuguese. Ronice did the entire translation while
she was here - quite an accomplishment!

3. A New Fingerspelling Keyboard for Brazil. When I watched Ronice
fingerspell, I realized that the original keyboard design was not good
enough I re-designed it with Ronice's input and advice. I went into
the software and re-did each key, until Ronice felt that it truly fit with
the way people fingerspell in Brazil.

That is the next topic for me to share with you - namely - how I developed
the 14 fingerspelling keyboards that we have at present, in the SignWriter
Computer Program. This subject should be of interest, not only because it
discusses some of the issues of typing standardizations, but also because
it discusses left-handed fingerspelling!!

Have a great Sunday :-)

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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