1988, 2002, 2004
Two Macintosh Desk Accessories from the 1980's, were
re-programmed in FileMaker Pro, becoming SignBank 2002...
2002 was a rebirth of an old computer program. The original
SignBank was a package with two Macintosh Desk Accessories,
called SignBank 1 & SignBank 2. Developed by Valerie
Sutton and programmer Michael Ogawa in the late-1980’s,
the SignBank 1 and 2 Desk Accessories worked together
to publish bilingual dictionaries.
SignBank 1 sorted dictionaries by spoken languages,
called a Word-to-Sign dictionary.
SignBank 2 sorted dictionaries by signed languages,
called a Sign-to-Word dictionary.
sequence of the English alphabet is called alphabetical
order. Spoken language dictionaries are sorted
by alphabetical order.
sequence of SignWriting symbols is called the Sign-Symbol-Sequence (SSS). Sign Language
dictionaries are sorted by the SSS.
So the SSS is to sign
languages, what alphabetical order is to spoken languages!
SignBank in the 1980's was the
first publishing tool for bilingual dictionaries between
signed and spoken languages.
In the 1990’s, modern operating
systems rendered the old SignBank “out-of-date”.
The program lay dormant for over a decade. With the
release of SignBank 2002, SignBank was re-born, given
a modern face-lift, as a FileMaker Pro database.
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