|SignWriting List Forum|
Stuart Thiessen |
Date: Mon May 8, 2000 7:44 pm
Subject: Re: SW in Databases
At 09:25 05/08/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> I can even include graphics with this, just by providing a link.
>Suppose I had gif files with pictures of everyone, named valerie.gif,
>stefan.gif, mark.gif and wayne.gif. I could add the filenames to my
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> In fact, there are many utilities that can convert a flat database
>from one format to another; it's fairly easy to write one in Perl.
Using Perl and Perl/Tk, you could come up with a program that could store
the spoken language, meaning, etc. as text and SW as an image. We would
need to add some kind of representation in text so that there would be a
way to sort and compare the two langauges. This could be done with a
reasonable amount of work. It could be quite portable across Mac, MS, and
Unix/Linux platorms (I'm fairly confident for MS and Linux systems). The
problem lies in developing some kind of linear way of expressing the Sign
Sequence for that sign.
The SGML option sounds intriguing to me. Its strength is in its built-in
ability to communicate. My only question is with the ability to sort and
organize the signs after they are in that format. But again, that may be
possible and I just don't know about it.