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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Nov 29, 1998  3:52 pm
Subject:  Re: Some style questions about SW

On Sat, 28 Nov 1998 Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>Are there any standards relating to how to indicate headings, bold,
>italics, and other standard publishing "tricks"? Is it up to the
>individual how they handle that? I realize that SW 4.3 doesn't offer
>much in the way of publishing "tricks" at this point.
>Will the new version offer any simple "tricks" in this vein (varying
>sizes, bold, whatever)?
>Stuart Thiessen
>Omaha, Nebraska

November 29, 1998
Hi Stuart. Thanks for these questions. We used to write the SignWriter
Newspaper by hand with ink pens, back in the early 1980's. It took us three
months to write one 20 page issue by hand. We used to do all kinds of fancy
"calligraphy" techniques, like larger headlines, italics etc. We never did
"bold" although we discussed it, but we thought that was too hard to read
for beginning readers and at that time, almost everyone was a beginning
reader :-)

Right now SignWriter 4.3 can print in seven formats. If you have a laser
printer you can print at very very small sizes, and it is completely
readable. However, you are correct that SignWriter 4.3 cannot show those
size variations on the screen, nor can it export files in different sizes.
The exporting in different sizes sure would be wonderful - maybe you or Dan
can help us with that - that would be great!

In regards to the new SignWriter 5.0 we are developing, our priority right
now is 1) the 15 international keyboards (that is what we are working on
right now), and 2) developing the vertical column typing.

Right now we have one large size font in SignWriter 5.0, but I am planning
to design a Medium and Small, so we will be able to have different sized
typing on the screen as well as printed on paper. However, we have made no
plans to mix different sizes in one document yet, but I will talk to Larry,
our programmer and ask him what that would involve.

Of course you are correct that italics would be great and I am sure that
day will come! But it is not our priority right now.

I appreciate your interest -

All the best -

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


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

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