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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Feb 12, 2000  3:35 am
Subject:  Exporting SignWriter Files

SignWriting List
February 11, 2000


SignWriter can translate SignWriting files into graphics files that
you can use in other programs. This translation process is called

For instance, to include a diagram of SignWriting in a word
processing document, first type the signs into a SignWriter file and
use the Export command to export the file (SignWriter exports
graphics files in the commonly-used "PCX" format.) Then use a paint
program (such as Microsoft Paint) to resize the graphics file before
you use it. Finally, start your word processing program and copy the
graphics file into your document.

1. To export a file, you should be at the beginning screen of the
SignWriter program (when you first open the program).

You will see the command word "File" at the bottom of the screen.

Press the File command (Alt-'F'). The command line is replaced by
the following message:

File | Delete Rename Export

2. Press the 'E' key. The following message appears on the command line:

File | Export what file?

3. Type the name of the file and press Return. The word "Exporting"
appears on the command line. The screen changes to show the lines of
the file as they are exported.

The exported file is written to the current directory. Its file name
is the same, but it ends with ".PCX".

If a SignWriter file is longer than one printed page, it is exported
as a series of graphics files. For instance, exporting a file named
LONG creates graphics files named LONG.PCX, LONG2.PCX, LONG3.PCX, and
so on.

Val ;-)


Valerie Sutton


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