work together to create dictionaries in SignBank.
of SignBank as a village of houses. All of the houses
in the SignBank Village are used as office buildings
for the same company, called the “SignBank
The first house is open to visitors. It is a SignBank
reading room, where all dictionaries can be read, researched
and printed. In database terminology, this is called
a Portal. It is like a window that lets you view the database without making changes.
In the Portal, there is no fear of losing data.
2. SignBank Editor
For advanced users, the second house is for dictionary
editing. The SignBank Editor is used to create new dictionaries
and change existing ones. Dictionaries created in the
Editor are read, printed and searched in the Portal.
SymbolBank is important. It stores all the symbols used
by the other databases. It is the foundation. Without
SymbolBank, no dictionary can be sorted or searched.
It holds the symbols and also the sequence for sorting
those symbols (the SSS).
The International House, or database,
is used to create multi-lingual dictionaries.