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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Oct 20, 2001  9:32 pm
Subject:  SignWriting Report Oct 20, 2001

SignWriting Report
October 20, 2001

Dear SignWriting List Members!

Thank you for your great messages, and for the posters and
SignWriting written by the children... I have really missed chatting
with all of you!

For the past 8 days I have been concentrating on completing the beta
test version of SignBank 2.0. It is a lot of fun to develop new
products, but this particular job required true concentration without
any distractions... such time is hard to find for anyone...and so I
finally had to put all other jobs aside to finish the task...

I categorized and entered thousands of SignWriting symbols into the
database. I did this work by propping my elbows on pillows (for less
strain on my wrists). I programmed my mouse to use different buttons
for repetitive keystrokes. I entered symbols around 8 hours a
day...happily I avoided any wrist problems.

To do this data entry, I developed a "rhythmic flow" while entering
the symbols...almost like a dance...I had an established routine for
entering ....that got faster and faster if I was not interrupted. But
if, for example, the telephone rang and I was interrupted briefly, it
would take me about a half hour to get back into the rhythmic flow
again...I now know how it feels to do data entry...not an easy task
if done over a long period of time.

Antonio Carlos da Rocha Costa blessed me with a gift of 4000 Gifs! I
had already entered around 2000 of those, but the other 2000 were an
enormous help. Thank you, Antonio Carlos...what a blessing!

The beta test version has around 6740 symbols, which gives us enough
symbols to test different dictionary sorting routines. Later, when
SignBank 2.0 is officially release, I hope to have at least 10,000
symbols in SymbolBank.

While I am writing this message, our FileMaker programmer is on
another computer in my office, bundling the Runtime version of the
beta test version. There are 6 people who have agreed to do beta
testing. I will send them the beta test version and ask them to give
me feedback. Once I receive the feedback, we will make necessary
changes. I hope the official SignBank 2.0 will be released in Spring,

Meanwhile, people are waiting for their orders from me. I am happy to
announce that SignWriting will now be used by two people in
French-Canada, to record French Canadian Sign Language. I received a
phone call from Quebec yesterday ;-)

I hope to catch up with all my mail soon - Thanks everyone, for your

Happy weekend!

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton

....visit the...

Read & Write Sign Languages

Sign Language Dictionaries

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an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
tel: 858-456-0098....fax: 858-456-0020

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