Date: Mon Dec 13, 1999 4:26
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: SignWriter 4.3...Pasting 1 Sign Inside Another
Writng with SW 4.3, I would love to create /write one sign out of two - that
means - there is the sign for apple and the sign for tree - how to put two
signs from the dictionary into one field - so that I can put it back into
the dictionary as a new term? (apple-tree -- I donīt want to discuss the
questions from the linguistic point of view. Itīs just a typing matter....
You are correct...it is very frustrating. Unfortunately, in SignWriter 4.3,
we cannot paste one sign inside the field of another sign. You will have to
copy one sign from the dictionary into your document, and then type the
second sign inside it. Of course, now you know how to move an entire sign
quickly, based on the previous question and answer, so that should speed it
up a little bit for you. You can move the whole sign up as a unit, so you
can type the second sign underneath.
The real problem with compound signs is that they become too tall in
SignWriter 4.3, since 4.3 was never meant to be typed vertically, so if you
place one compound under the other you will run out of room on the
line....it will hit the ceiling!
You may want to type compound signs as two separate signs anyway...they may
be read well separately...in fact better sometimes...and as separate signs
they can be manipulated better by the computer program, such as selecting,
or copying or deleting etc...just a thought...