Here is one of SooSL's best features: you can search for a sign by handshape, location, motion, and other characteristics. All these characteristics are called parameters.
Before people can search for them by parameter, you need to mark each sign for its parameters. We call this indexing by parameter. To index a sign, first study it carefully, then choose parameters that describe it.
First, watch the sign video and think about how you make the sign. To notice all the details, you can play the sign slower, or move the slider manually.
Pay attention to these things:
Once you know exactly how to make the sign, you are ready to index it.
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.
You will see this. There is an indexing area where you will put the parameters you choose. There are five tabs, for the five major categories of parameters. On the right, there is a trash can, for deleting parameters.
If you can't see all five tabs, you will see two scroll-buttons on the right. Click the scroll buttons to scroll the tabs left and right. To see all the tabs, you can adjust the size of the window or the column.
You can click a tab to choose a category of parameters to index.
We suggest you start with sign types.
Most categories have icons that represent parameters. Locations have a body map. In each category, choose the parameters that describe the sign.
When you are done with one category of parameters, click another tab to work on another category.
The most useful categories are sign types, handshapes and locations. So, if you have limited time, index only those categories.
To save your changes, click Save in the toolbar.
If you are done making changes, exit edit mode to go back to normal mode.
If you have made changes and haven't saved them yet, SooSL will remind you to save them.
When you are indexing signs, don't try to describe the sign precisely. If you want to see how to make the sign, watch the video. The purpose of indexing is to help people find the signs, that's all. When you choose indexing parameters, think about what will help people find the signs.
Sometimes you can't find a parameter that exactly fits the sign. That's okay. Just pick the closest one.
Some signs have more than one handshape, location, etc. This can happen for several reasons:
Choose all the parameters that you see in the sign.
For any sign, you can only choose a specific parameter once. If that parameter occurs more than once in the sign, you only have to choose it once.
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