Index by sign type (D)

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There are six major types of signs, depending on how you use your hands (one-hand, both hands, fingerspelled, etc.). You can index signs by sign type. Then people can search for signs by sign type.

Signs that use one hand only.

Signs that use both hands, but only one hand moves. Usually the moving hand touches or comes close to the hand that doesn't move. The two hands may have the same or different handshapes.

Signs that use both hands, and both move. Usually they have the same handshape and move in the same way.

Signs that use both hands touching each other, and they move together. Sometimes one hand holds the other. They may have the same or different handshapes. 

Signs that are fingerspelled words. They may be spelled completely, or have only a few letters from the word. Sometimes they have extra movements that don't occur in ordinary fingerspelling.

Signs that don't use the hands at all. They only use non-manuals. Usually they are facial expressions that have a special meaning. Sometimes they occur alone, sometimes at the same time as another sign.

To index a sign by sign type, first enter edit mode: click Edit sign in the toolbar. After you are in edit mode, if you see words instead of parameters, click Parameters in the toolbar. 

Click the tab.

If you can't see the sign types tab, use the scroll buttons on the right to scroll the tabs left and right. To see all the tabs at once, you can adjust the size of the window or the column.

You will see six icons, for the six different sign types. You can hover the mouse over an icon to see a description. There are numbers under each sign type. They show how many signs already have that sign type. 

Double-click on the parameter that best describes the sign, or drag it to the indexing area. If you change your mind and want to delete a parameter, right-click on it in the indexing area or drag it to the trash can. (If you have a Mac, there are other ways to do the same thing as a right-click.)

Most signs have only one sign type. However, some "signs" are really a series of signs. They may have more than one sign type. Add as many sign types as you need to describe the series of signs.

When you are done, save your work, then index another category.

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