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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Nov 3, 1999  12:44 am
Subject:  Questions & Answers...

November 2, 1999

Hello Friends!
I am receiving questions in private email, so I am sharing my answers with you:

QUESTION: How do I make a new dictionary file in SignWriter 4.3?

ANSWER: Here are the instructions, found on page 25 of the third manual in the
SignWriter Notebook. The manual is called "SignWriter-At-A-Glance". Here is
what it says:

Creating New Dictionaries
Each country has it's own main dictionary file. For example, USA's main
dictionary is named 001. If you wish to create other dictionaries, with
other names, you can. Open the SignWriter program. You are in the opening
screen....the main menu.

1. Type Alt-S (Setup command).
2. Type D (for Dictionary).
3. Type the new name for a new dictionary file, for example: Verbs
4. Press Return. Then Y for Yes.
5. The active dictionary is now named Verbs. It is a blank dictionary.
6. Now open a document and type Alt-D (Dictionary command). Try to search
for a sign. As you can see, the dictionary is blank and you can begin
building a new dictionary if you wish.
7. To change back to the 001 main dictionary, repeat the process.


You can create all kinds of small dictionaries with different names.

When you want to send a dictionary to another person, you will need two
files: .dic and .din.

For example, the Verbs dictionary mentioned above requires these files:


So you need to attach both the .dic and .din files to an email message.
Then the person on the other end needs to place both files in their SW
directory, and then when they open SignWriter, they need to "switch to the
Verbs dictionary" under Setup. Then when they open a document, they will
have access to your Verbs dictionary.

I sure hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to write again -

Valerie :-)

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