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2) Change the font to the Gallaudet
font. I always change the font to size 72,
which is very easy to see. Your screen may
now look something like the image to the right:
3) Greatly re-size the window of your word-processor: drag the edges until the screen is large enough to show only ONE handshape. Now the screen should look something like this:
Using the 'down' arrow key on
your keyboard, read the text by
scrolling down one letter at a time.
The effect on the screen will be one of
flashing handshapes as one would see
in actual fingerspelling (in fact, the graphic at the beginning of
this web page gives a fair idea of how things will appear).
You can scroll through quickly or slowly. For fun, if you keep your finger pressed down on the arrow key, you will see the handshapes flash-by in a blur. The entire process looks animated, which in a way it is (after all, animation is just the quick showing of many screens).
You can use the mouse to scroll down if you want to, but I've had problems with this; the mouse is hyper-sensitive, and will flash-out several handshapes at once with even slight touches.
COLUMN FORMAT FOR FINGER SPELLING:
Paste any text that you want re-formatted into the text-box at left, then click the Submit button. The re-formatted text will appear in the box at the right. Simply copy and paste this new text into a word-processor and follow the steps outlined above (Please also see the technical details mentioned below).
Some Technical Details:
I am VERY curious to know if anyone finds the above process helpful. It works best, of course, at improving one's "receptive" skills with the manual alphabet (i.e., how to read it). If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, flames, etc., please feel free to e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Web page created November 9, 1996. Last updated May 3, 2006.