A FileMaker Database for Macintosh & Windows
by Valerie Sutton, Inventor SignWriting
FileMaker Programming Design
by Todd Duell, Formulations Pro
2002 was made possible
by a grant from the Forschungszentrum
für Gebärdensprache in Basel, Switzerland.
2002 was inspired by the original SignBank I and II,
which are no longer in use. SignBank I and II were
a set of Macintosh Desk Accessories developed by Valerie
Sutton , Michael Ogawa and the Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
2002 Reference Manual
by Valerie Sutton, in PDF format.
in 2002 & 2021 by
The SignWriting Press
brainchild of SignWriting inventor Valerie Sutton, SignBank
is a database program specially-designed for SignWriting,
a visual way to write the handshapes, movements and facial
expressions of any Sign Language in the world. SignWriting is used around the world to record different Sign Languages. It is one of five
sections of Sutton Movement Writing, a movement notation system invented
by Valerie Sutton in 1974.
For more about Valerie Sutton,
Sutton Movement Writing & Shorthand
A Global Writing System For A Global Age
...not tied to any one culture or any one language...
...recording hundreds of languages, bringing cultures together...
The SignBank Database is written in FileMaker Pro
on the project was a little like building a house. I designed the
plan for the house, but the house was constructed in FileMaker
Pro 5.0, by programmer and developer Todd Duell, of Formulations Pro in San Diego. The Formulations
Pro consulting group develops databases in the medical and pharmaceutical
industries, using FileMaker Pro, and are located in several states
in the United States.
is an unusal and brand new way to program in FileMaker.
Todd Duell's design has broken new ground in using
FileMaker to its fullest potential.
the SignBank database in FileMaker, the programming
had to be flexible and creative. FileMaker was not
originally designed to "look up by a graphic",
or to "sort dictionaries by visual symbols".
But Todd accomplished this design in FileMaker, which
from our SignWriting perspective, is monumental. We
have been waiting for over a decade to accomplish this
task in computers, and Todd's FileMaker design will
be used by hundreds, if not thousands of Sign Language
users in 27 countries.
SignBank's FileMaker construction is complete, we can
move into the house. Teachers, researchers and students
will "live in SignBank", adding signs, sorting
signs, printing signs, creating large multi-lingual
databases for the world to use and enjoy.
So a special
thanks to Todd Duell for doing this unusual job...We
feel very fortunate to be able to sort our dictionaries
The SignBank Database is written in SignWriting, a set of visually-designed
symbols used to write the handshapes, movement, and facial expressions
of Sign Languages.
is used in 27 countries to record 27 different Sign
The system can write any Sign Language, because it records body
movement. SignWriting is one of five sections of Sutton Movement
Writing, a complete movement notation system invented by Valerie
Sutton in 1974.
SignWriting®, SignWriter® and Sign-Symbol-Sequence® are
trademarks belonging to the Center For Sutton Movement
The Center For Sutton Movement Writing, Inc.
A US nonprofit, 501c3, tax-exempt, educational membership organization.
The Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting (the DAC)
P.O. Box 517, La Jolla, California, 92038-0517, USA