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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Feb 2, 1999  3:40 pm
Subject:  Re: About Sign Dic...


On Mon, 1 Feb 1999, Val Forbes wrote:
>Since 1997 we have been fortunate to have Auslan (Australian Sign
>Language) on cd-rom. There are over 4000 signs, each with its own
>video! As well as the two-handed alphabet (like British Sign
>Language), it also illustrates the ASL and Irish one-handed
>alphabets. You can also test yourself reading fingerspelt words a 3
>different speeds. Words can be looked up in English and also by sign.
>The latter is done by first selecting from one-handed, two-handed or
>double-handed signs, then by handshape, then location. One or more
>matches come up. There is also a section on deaf history, and a
>comparison between English and Auslan.
>
>This is only a brief overview of the Auslan dictionary, which also
>exists in print form. I will be looking with great interest at the
>Sign Dic Computer Program!
>
>Val Forbes
La Trobe University Library
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February 2, 1999

Hello Val!
Thanks for this great description of the Auslan CD. Harry Blackmore, who is
also from Australia, was kind enough to send me a gift of the CD for my
Macintosh, and unfortunately, darn it...there is a slight bug - - and I
could not get it to install on my Macintosh. We did communicate with the
developers of the Macintosh version, and they were very kind and helpful. I
am sure I can remedy the problem someday when I have more time. In a few
months I hope to upgrade to newer better machines in my office, and maybe
at that time I can view the CD -Rom. I am looking forward to it!

Meanwhile...I know it is a terrific CD Rom because other people have told
me. I did not know there were videotapes too!! I look forward to seeing
them :-)

Of course Daniela Remião de Macedo, the developer of Sign Dic, can tell you
more about her program. It is using SignWriting, and is a computer program
that works with dictionaries and language. Daniela told me that Sign Dic
can be used for any signed language in the world - so it is really very
different than the Auslan CD....and I believe has different goals...but of
course Daniela can explain this better than I can!

Valerie ':-)

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Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW

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