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From:  Stefan Woehrmann2
Date:  Thu Mar 29, 2001  4:59 pm
Subject:  Re: Merging SignWriter Dictionaries


Hi Valerie,

thank you so much for your assistance and support.

Yes - she starts a brand new empty dictionary file, with another
name, to add the new signs !

First all entries starting with letter A
Second all entries with letter B ...

If you could create a brand new empty dictionary file each time, then
there is no danger in merging.

So everything is fine and within a couple of weeks we will have a brand new
dictionary without english entries !

Background information for all interested readers: When I started with SW I
simply added my new written German signs to the existing 001 dictionary -
In the meantime I learned that this has been a bad idea ! There are now lots
of entries ASL and German SL but what seems to be worse - the basis of
this dictionary isnt 049 the German code but a mixup of 001 and some
others ? when I merged with other parts of selfwritten Dictionaries. I think
we can learn from this ! ;-)
Just convert the existing Dictionary to .sgn files - this way you will have
an excellent basis to copy signs from this file into your own new Dictionary
which will grow in time ;-)
But be sure and check it with the Dictionary manager that your new
Dictionary is made on the correct land code !

Thanks a lot and have a nice day

Stefan ;-)



I should have started with



----- Original Message -----
From: Valerie Sutton
To:
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 9:18 PM
Subject: Merging SignWriter Dictionaries


> SignWriting List
> March 28, 2001
>
> Dear SW List:
> Stefan, in Germany, asked me a question about merging two SignWriter
> dictionary files, so I will try to answer the question now. I am
> sharing this with all of you, in case some of you are interested in
> merging two dictionary files too...
>
> QUESTION:
>
> 1. We are adding signs to our German dictionary, which is named "049"....
>
> 2. My co-worker gives me the dictionary file to read through, edit
> and correct. I do that.
>
> 3. While I am editing her work, she continues to add new signs...
>
> 4. After a while she will give me her next dictionary file...
>
> 5. If we merge the first with the second and so forth is there any risk
that it
> could get messed up in the end ? Any other suggestions ? Comments ?
>
>
> ANSWER:
>
> Smile....I hope I worded your question correctly, Stefan....if not,
> feel free to correct the question - ha!
>
> It is number 3 above that is the important point....
>
> Is your co-worker adding new signs to the SAME 049 dictionary file,
> or does she start a brand new empty dictionary file, with another
> name, to add the new signs?
>
> If you could create a brand new empty dictionary file each time, then
> there is no danger in merging.
>
> If the old signs are blended in with the new signs in the SAME file,
> then you need to make sure, when you merge the old and new files,
> that you do not end up getting doubles of the old signs that are
> already there. You also don't want to merge the wrong direction, and
> wipe out all your edited signs, replacing them by accident with the
> old unedited signs with the same name!
>
> There are tricks and techniques to merge properly either way, but it
> would be easier if there were never any double ups....
>
> So before I give official instructions, please tell me if I
> understand your question correctly - and I will continue my answer...
>
> --
>
> Val ;->
>
>
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