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Methodology and Apparatus for Translation of Text to Sign Language Images

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111889D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dunnington, D: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a service, the Graphical Sign Language Generator (GSLG), that converts document text to a series of sign language images, and displays the images on a workstation.

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Methodology and Apparatus for Translation of Text to Sign Language
Images

      This article describes a service, the Graphical Sign Language
Generator (GSLG), that converts document text to a series of sign
language images, and displays the images on a workstation.

      The GSLG will have a database containing graphic frames.  The
frames will form the signs found in the sign language dictionary for
the language the user selects.  The database will also contain a
dictionary for the language associated with the signs.  The
dictionary will be comprised of letters, words, and phrases.  Each
letter, word and phrase will translate into a sign found in the
respective sign language dictionary.  In addition, the database will
contain a table of keys to associate each letter, word and phrase
with their respective frames.

      The text of the document will be read, and statistical methods
will be used to determine which frames to retrieve.  The frames
retrieved will be animated in a sequence determined by the text read
to produce the sign language representation.  The image sequence will
then be displayed at a speed which was specified by the user.

      The GSLG also provides a function that will display the sign
language spelling of words associated with signs that are unfamiliar
to the user.  The invention will allow the user to stop the display,
scroll to the sign, select it, and ask for the definition of the sign
by using a predefined key sequence, o...