ASL Dictionary Greasemonkey script v0.1

Posted: April 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: technical | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Research says that around 90% of hearing impaired children are born to hearing parents. So if parents do not know Sign Language then it is difficult for the child to learn ASL quickly. Wouldn’t it be great if people could learn sign language on the fly when they are reading articles on the web? Maybe they are reading stories to their children from a website and they can have ready assistance to translate words in written language to Sign Language. So, I thought of creating a simple Greasemonkey script that would show the ASL equivalent of a selected word.
Center for Accessible Technology in Sign at GeorgiaTech has a huge database of words and their American Sign Language equivalent. I used their web pages that they had created for around 25000 words. Whenever a word is selected, I load the ASL equivalent in an iframe on the right top corner of the page.

To Install

Here are the steps to try it on Firefox

  1. Open Firefox (version 3.0 – 4.0.*)
  2. Install Greasemonkey if you are using Firefox
  3. Click on this link to download the script
  4. Let Greasemonkey install the user script.
  5. Now open any webpage say – Wikipedia entry on ASL
  6. Now select any word (not phrases/sentences) – for example – Sign, Language, also, common, English or languages

You will see the American Sign Language representation of the word on the top right.
If a word that does not exist in the database is selected then, it shows “Sorry word could not be found”.

Here are the steps to try it on Chrome

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Click on this link to download the script
  3. Let Chrome install the user script.
  4. Now open any webpage say – Wikipedia entry on ASL
  5. Now select any word (not phrases/sentences) – for example – Sign, Language, also, common, English or languages

You will see the American Sign Language representation of the word on the top right.
If a word that does not exist in the database is selected then, it shows an error message.

An example, with the word Languages highlighted

Another example, with the word Sign highlighted

The representation automatically hides after 5 seconds. (So if you click on another word before 5 seconds, the results may be buggy)
Update

To Uninstall
To uninstall on Firefox, click on the Greasemonkey icon and disable the ASL Dictionary.
To uninstall, open chrome://extensions/ and disable the ASL Dictionary.

For future versions
1) If you select a phrase, it shows the sequence of signs
2) Fix “Word not found” error in Chrome
3) Ability to select the word, right click and have the option to play the video or the cartoon


One Comment on “ASL Dictionary Greasemonkey script v0.1”

  1. 1 Atul Prasad said at 6:12 am on April 16th, 2011:

    To uninstall, open chrome://extensions/ and disable the ASL Dictionary. – the / after the extensions is missing.