Sending pictographic messages
Sending e-mail messages or writing documents with pictograms is possible using Microsoft Word or Outlook if you have a collection of pictos stored in the Clip Art facility resident in these applications. The pictos can be searched by name and inserted into the text box easily by simple mouse clicks. We are developing these pictogram collections to make them available to users.
There may be others methods, but here we mention this possibility. We intend to show a detailed outline to achieve this result will be posted in this site in due time.
With the above mentioned Microsoft applications, the Clip Art pictogram collection would be available for insertion of pictograms by clicking on Insert, at the main window toolbar, then clicking on the Clip Art icon. At this point a new window will open for the user to access his various clip-art collections available in his system. By organizing the clip-art collections within My Collections to include the pictograms, you can search the picto within the collection by its name, such as man or to-work, and click it into the text box, repeating the procedure for the next picto.
To allow for the numerous different verb tenses such as future, past, present, for so many verbs, we have developed a verb tense indicator to be placed in front of any verb and which will determine its tense. Please refer to section 4 for a fuller explanation of this system.
At present we are developing this pictogram collection and will make available in the future for users.
Another possible way to send pictographic messages through e-mail may be opening thanks to a newer technology which is becoming more available and affordable as of lately: the digital graphic pen.
This is device mounts on an apparently everyday pen a sophisticated system that records the pen strokes made by the user on plain paper and it is capable of transmitting these patterns to a word or image processor in the computer.
Initially conceived to record on the computer’s memory hand free notes, sketches and diagrams, we believe that it should be adaptable to pictographic writing. For further information we invite the interested reader to visit these links on the subject:
Australian Design Award, D:Scribe
U.S. Solidtek, DigiMemo
These are just two examples of these products in the market today, but there are more similar devices available on the net.