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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Feb 2, 1999  4:37 pm
Subject:  Re: Notation Systes for machine processing

On Tue, 2 Feb 1999, Carlos wrote:
>Our translation project is taking form but we are still trying to define
>and solve some problems. For those who have newly arrived or who don't
>remember which project we are involved in here is a little background:
>At ITEC, Colombia, we are developing an automatic machine translation
>from spoken or written Spanish into signed LSC (Colombian Sign
>Language). I'm personally focused in the translation itself from
>Spanish into LSC... the speech recognition an the final signing
>representation are done by other team members.
>We have still to define the machine internal representation of the
>signs... and the supersigned signs. I'm tempted for using SignWriting
>for printed representation of the signs out of the translation stage,
>but I'm not sure if the internal representation of SignWriting as
>generated by the SignWriter program is suitable enough, mainly for the
>next stage: rendering of signing avatars or another type of generated
>We need a notation system, easily machine prosesable, that shows the
>main features of a sign/word and that could be easily render into an
>animation or into SignWriting printing.
>Any sugestions?

>Carlos Eugenio Thompson Pinzon


February 2, 1999
Hi Carlos - What a wonderful project! Yes...there are several suggestions.
First, would you like our source code for SignWriter 4.3? If so, you can
read about this on our web site:

Open Source Code for SignWriter 4.3

Write to me if you are interested...of course it will not solve all your
problems...on the other hand it may be a little help perhaps, who knows?!

I am thinking about your project and will write more later...

I am really excited about the potential...

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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