Date: Tue Feb 2, 1999 3:40
SignWriting List Forum
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!
La Trobe University Library
February 2, 1999
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
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 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