An authoring tool for SignSupport is computer-based software that helps a domain expert, with little or no programming skills, to design and populate a limited domain conversation scenario between a Deaf person and a hearing person, e.g., when a Deaf patient collects medication at a hospital pharmacy or when a Deaf learner is taking a computer literacy course. So that SignSupport provides instructions to the Deaf person in signed language videos on a mobile device. The authoring tool enables the creation and population of such scenarios on a computer for subsequent “playback” on a mobile device.
The output of this authoring tool is an XML script, alongside a repository of media files that can be used to render the SignSupport mobile app on any platform.
The interface of the authoring tool is divided into four areas: