Date: Sun May 7, 2000 9:00
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: SW in Databases
On Sat, 6 May 2000 16:22:56 -0700, Valerie Sutton
> Hello Everyone and Trevor -
> Many thanks for the information about all of these database software
> programs - wow - there are a lot of them! ;-)
and that's not the half of them.
> The question is how we can take the EXISTING SignWriter 4.3 and
> combine it with EXISTING database software.
I think the problem is the "existing" SignWriter 4.3. I've not used it
enough to make a definitive statement concerning its interoperability with
other applications. From the context in which the original questions wer
asked (moving SW dictionaries to a database) I think the easiest method is
to create ad addtional utility that will extract the dictionary file into a
(new) format suitable for importing into a database system (and
comma-delimited might be suitable). The issue will be how to convert the
SignWriter glyphs into a "blob" that can be loaded into any datbase.
> That way people could start building databases immediately without
> waiting for new software to be developed.
I'd need more experience with SW4.3 to suggest anything other than create a
"dictionary dump" program.
> So what existing database software is preferrred?...
> 2. ODBC support allows users to access FileMaker Pro data from
> ODBC-compliant applications
> 3. Imports data from other ODBC compliant sources such as SQL Server,
> and Oracle databases
ODBC allows you to use the big boy databases I mentioned. The question is
whether we'll have them available to us.
> Thanks for the info, Trevor -
As usual I have more questions than answers. :-)
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