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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jul 15, 1998  6:12 am
Subject:  Menus In Signs

July 15, 1998
Good Morning SW List!

Regarding SignWriter 5.0...

One of the snappy new features will be the "Menus in Signs" feature. As you
know, "menus" is a computer term referring to the words at the top of the
screen, such as "File", "Edit" and so forth. "Pull-down menus" have all the
commands used in the program, on either the Macintosh or Windows.

In SignWriter 5.0, a person can go into the "Preferences Box" and change
how they view their screen. They can choose different colors...for example
right now, just for fun, I have my windows pink, the paper in the
background white, the symbols green, and highlighting in blue! Kind of
silly - but what a difference from the old MS-DOS black screen with white

In the Preferences Box you can also choose:

Menus in Signs
Menus in Signs and Words
Menus in Words

So...if you choose "Menus in Words" and your country is USA, then the words
will be in English, such as File, Edit, Cut, Copy, Paste etc. If your
country is Spain, the words will be in Spanish, etc. In this beta testing
version, we will start with English, but add the other 8 spoken languages
as soon as everything seems to be working well.

If you choose Signs and your country is USA, then there will be no words in
the menus - only ASL signs. The entire screen and all commands will be
written in SignWriting, without one word on the screen.

I suspect a lot of people will choose "Menus in Signs and Words", which
gives you both languages - since you have to know ASL and SignWriting well
to read the "Menus in Signs".

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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