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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Nov 5, 1998  7:01 am
Subject:  Re: A few questons/comments


On Sun, 1 Nov 1998, Michele Lewis wrote:
>Is there a release date yet on the Windows version of the
>Sign Writing Computer Program. DOS and I do not get along
>very well :)

Because we are a nonprofit organization, we cannot promise a release date
like a commercial organization can. Commerical organizations base their
release dates on requiring their hired programmers to complete the task by
a certain deadline. Our new computer programmer is named Larry Peranich,
and Larry works full time by day as a programmer elsewhere, and on the
weekends he is donating his time to help us try to finish the beta test
version of SignWriter 5.0. But because Larry is donating his time, I have
no right to push him, and it is going slowly - work is getting done - but
not on a deadline. So I have no release date, although it should be
sometime in the Spring, 1999 I hope.

Meanwhile I use SignWriter 4.3 everyday on my Macintosh with no problem,
and people run it from Windows too - so I will be happy to help you through
tech support to make 4.3 a useful tool for you.

>Valerie, do you think that Sign Writing will catch on to the
>point that it is taught in residential schools to children?

As you know, two residential schools are participating in the SignWriting
Literacy Project this Fall. The Texas School for the Deaf and Robarts
School for the Deaf are both residential. Paul Cowley tells me that they
are using SignWriting at Robarts School and that the Deaf teachers are open
to it...so it appears that it is beginning. But of course, this is at the
experimental level - to get SignWriting officially into curriculums takes
many years.

Valerie :-)

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Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW

SignWriting

http://www.SignWriting.org

Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
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