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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Jan 23, 1999  2:00 pm
Subject:  Re: Porting Project(s)


On Fri, 22 Jan 1999, Trevor Jenkins wrote:
>Valerie and I have been discussing the possibility of porting SignWriter
>4.3 to Windows NT 4.0. My job gives me access to many NT machines plus I
>have a suitable compiler. The purpose of this project is *not* to reprogram
>SignWriter for NT but rather to make it work. It is more of a fix than a
>true port and should be seen as a stop-gap until such time as SignWriter 5
>is ready. I anticipate that the bulk of this work will involve rewriting
>the module(s) that access the video hardware directly. This may result in a
>reduction in speed but hopefully the penalty will not be too great.

>Regards, Trevor

January 23, 1999

First, I want to thank Trevor Jenkins for his offer to help "fix" the
existing SignWriter 4.3 in MS-DOS, so that it works with Windows NT. That
may be no easy task. I sent Trevor our source code last night. I hope he
can find a solution. No matter what, we all owe him thanks for trying!

Doing a "fix" like Trevor is doing, is different than creating a brand new
piece of software based on our source code. Trevor is the fourth programmer
to receive our source code. He is the only one "creating a fix" for the
existing SignWriter 4.3. All the others are creating new programs. And I
have a request for the source code from a fifth person - so interest is
building, which is terrific!

If there are other programmers on the SignWriting List who would like to
develop new software based on SignWriter 4.3, or if there is another
platform that needs "a fix" to use SignWriter 4.3, write to me and we can
make arrangements. I will be happy to send you the source code. There are
two requirements:

1. The programmer writes an email report, stating his or her goals...What
do you want to achieve, using the SignWriter 4.3 source code? This report
is posted publicly to the SignWriting List.

2. In the email report, the programmer also promises to provide a shareware
(or freeware) version of any new software that is developed, based on the
SignWriter 4.3 source code. We are a nonprofit, and we want the world to
benefit from our sources. If a new piece of software really evolves from
this work, then we hope to have this new "shareware available for download"
from some web site, either ours or another one, doesn't matter.

So thank you, Trevor, for this attempt - I know a lot of Windows NT users
will be grateful!

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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