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From:  Stefan Woehrmann2
Date:  Sat Dec 30, 2000  3:32 am
Subject:  Re: SignWriting Programming In Brazil ;->

Dear Val.

thank you very much for your message.
Sounds great and I feel very excited to read about computer issues I
haven´t got any idea about but I do realize that this will affect our
ability to spread SW.
And in addition to that - I know that your guests are heard and soul for SW
and that must be very nourishing for all of you to meet each other
personally. I feel a little bit jealous in a positive way ...

It is 2 o´clock at night. I´m still busy. Two hours ago two very good Deaf
friends of mine left my house. We spent three hours to make a video. They
were so kind to sign for me the whole "Goldikocks and the Three Bears
" -series -- level one to four. Huuuu that was great . I translated the
ASL -version and afterwards Anke signed it in wonderfull DGS. Her friend
paid attention and was a great help. We discussed each passage - what about
the locations - where has been the house of the bears - where has been the
house of Goldilocks - what direction did she follow n order to get to the
house of the bears ..

We ended up with reading the whole "Learn to Read : American Sign Language"
in SignWriting book - after we had seen the video with Darline Clark
Gunsauls. I am so happy that I bought the whole package ;-)))))))))
Have a look at the attchment - both of them studying the materials - signing
"ready" at this moment -
They are really wonderfull people - and I bet you will hear from them ...

Just want to let you and all the listmembers know that this way of teaching
is excellent.
My guests - with basic knowledge in SW - haven´t had any difficulities to
follow the SW-descriptions of the booklet. And they were excitet In fact we
have had lots of fun when we realized that we are able to analyze the
SW-spelling so acurately that we wonder if there is the one or other
problem -

You have had to solve a difficult problem to switch from receptive view to
expressive view and altogether from left-handed signer to right-handed
signer ! Congratulations on that.

The Video -work has been lots of fun and you will find some pictures on my
new homepage " the next week !

As you know - there is a project going on in Switzerland to transcribe the
Goldilocks - version - so I decided to do the same for Germany. It will be
fun to compare the different versions in the world. Anke is a native signer
and very very skilled in DGS. In fact - she is my DGS - teacher - and I
feel very gratefull that she spends so much time to support the progress of
GebaerdenSchrift in Germany.

All the best to you and a Happy New Year to all of You

Thanks a lot for your attention and keep the spirits high. SW is wonderfull
and in time many people will realize that -

Stefan ;-)

----- Original Message -----
From: Valerie Sutton
Sent: Friday, December 29, 2000 8:11 PM
Subject: SignWriting Programming In Brazil ;->

SignWriting List
December 29, 2000

Dear SignWriting List Members!

I look forward to reading your recent messages!

In the past few days I have not been online....Instead I have been
totally emersed in fascinating conversations about computer
programming with my Brazilian guests, Antonio Carlos da Rocha Costa
and his beautiful wife Graçaliz, from Pelotas in sourthern Brazil.
They just left my home a few hours ago, driving north to Los Angeles
to take the long flight back to Brazil. We live on the other side of
the world from each other...I feel so fortunate that they came to
visit me all the way to southern California!!

And I have much to share with all of you. I learned about different
computer programs being developed in Brazil to type
SignWriting...There are several impressive programming projects in
Brazil...each one unique and serving different purposes.

I also learned about computer languages. As you know, computers are
run by software, and software is developed by computer programmers
using special "programming languages". Some well-known programming
languages are Basic, Pascal, Think-C, Java, and of course HTML, which
is used to create web sites....

And there are many more programming languages fact there is
a long list!

The programming languages that end in "ML" HTML, or XML, or
VML ....the "ML" means "Markup Language", and it is used to develop
new kinds of programs on the web.

HTML means "HyperText Markup Language"
XML means "Extensible Markup Language"
VML means "Vector Markup Language"...which provides XML-based
graphics for the web...

So Antonio Carlos is developing a new ML called "SWML", for
"SignWriting Markup Language", which will someday be used to type
email in SignWriting on the web....called "SignWriting Web
Mail"....isn't that exciting? Someday, we won't have to attach GIF
files, because we will be able to type email messages directly in

And there are more aspects to Antonio Carlos' and Grazaliz's work
with SignWriting programming. Their work is multi-faceted. Much of
this will be posted on the web in time with detailed
explanations....The work may lead to other new developments in
computer programming...For example, SWML and Unicode will someday be
intertwined to make typing directly in SignWriting a reality on
computers with or without the SignWriter Computer Program.

So right now, web designers using Stefan, Jerry,
myself and others...we all make GIFs or JPEGs. It takes a long time
to do a web page in SignWriting right now because of that.

But SignWriting web design in the future will be like typing English
or German words into a web page. Thanks to will speed up SW
web design work quite a bit!

I feel so grateful to Antonio Carlos and Grazaliz, that they have
chosen to do this time-consuming, long-term work. It is a blessing
that will in time affect all SignWriting users...

So we have much to be thankful for! The year 2001 looks very bright indeed

I look forward to chatting online soon -

My very best wishes to everyone!

Val ;->


Valerie Sutton


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  Replies Author Date
4369 Re: SignWriting Programming In Brazil ;-> Charles Butler Sat  12/30/2000
4371 Re: SignWriting Programming In Brazil ;-> Ingvild Roald Sat  12/30/2000
4375 Re: SignWriting Programming In Brazil ;-> Charles Butler Sat  12/30/2000

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