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From:  Charles Butler
Date:  Thu Jan 17, 2002  5:35 pm
Subject:  Re: Questions about SW text editors

The only glitch I have in SW as a typing system is that the right hand
position is the first one that comes up, when with two handed signs, the
left hand is actually the first in positioning. That is from long years of
using the SW system when it was based on typing someone else's hands
"receptive" Sign Writing rather than "projective" Sign Writing.

We now have that as an "artifact" in the typing system which is so ingrained
that it is difficult to move around.


----- Original Message -----
From: Valerie Sutton
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 12:08 PM
Subject: Re: Questions about SW text editors

> >>Flavio (known as Rikki) wrote: Now, I'd like to make a question.
> >>You used the expression "type SW". I'm so sorry for my ignorance,
> >>but... can one really "type" in SW? I mean, is it really practical
> >>and fast? I really would like to evaluate myself, but as I don't
> >>understand much of SW (this WILL change soon), it's quite hard for
> >>me. Another question is if there is any research/work going on to
> >>develop new versions of SignWriter - and which characteristics
> >>would they have.
> SignWriting List
> January 17, 2002
> Yes. The SignWriter Computer Program, developed by Richard Gleaves
> and myself, has a way to type directly in the visual symbols of
> SignWriting, without using a mouse. We worked hard on developing the
> typing system, which works beautifully, with training.
> There are other computer programs for SignWriting that are not named
> "SignWriter". Those other programs do not necessarily have a way to
> type...they oftentimes are graphics programs that use the mouse to
> point and click....two very different things (nothing wrong with
> that, by the way, but they are simply different programs).
> So when you see the name "SignWriter", you know we are talking about
> a special way to type SW.
> The new SignBank which we are developing is not, at this time, a way
> to type. It is a graphics program. So people first type their
> documents in SignWriter, and then transfer the typed signs into
> SignBank...
> I believe deeply that our typing system in SignWriter has great
> merit. And yes, speed can be developed if you practice. When I was in
> high school, I took a course in "speed typing English". The course
> was good for me. I learned how to type English well. We need courses
> like that in SignWriter. If people had training, they would all be
> typing SW quickly in SignWriter.
> --
> Val ;-)
> Valerie Sutton
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