"Yay!, Bee, See" (ABC) software

Ben Wiley Sittler bsittler at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 21:17:46 EST 2008

thanks, i forgot to create the index.html symlink on that web server :)


should work now.

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 4:47 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 4:31 PM, Ben Wiley Sittler <bsittler at gmail.com> wrote:
>> yeah, i added a 1200x900 version with more agressive JPEG compression
>> which looks good both in color mode and in monochrome mode and is only
>> 4 MiB or so:
>> http://xent.com/~bsittler/yay-bee-see-olpc.zip
>> hosted version:
>> http://xent.com/~bsittler/yay-bee-see-olpc/index.html
>> does that seem any faster?
> Correct URL: http://xent.com/~bsittler/yay-bee-see-olpc/yay-bee-see.html
> Sameer
>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 3:26 PM, Gary C Martin <gary at garycmartin.com> wrote:
>>> On 24 Nov 2008, at 17:21, Ben Wiley Sittler wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I have just joined this list and read through the archives, but could
>>>> not find anything similar. I also didn't find mention of anything
>>>> similar on the OLPC Wiki.
>>>> I recently wrote some software for use by my daughter on her OLPC. It
>>>> runs inside the Browse activity, either locally using a "file:" URI or
>>>> over the network. I don't know whether it will be of interest to
>>>> anyone else, but I have released the software to the public domain and
>>>> packaged it along with scaled-down (1600x1200 or less) copies of some
>>>> public-domain images and some copyrighted-but-free-to-redistribute
>>>> images under GFDL, and various Creative Commons Attribution-Share
>>>> Alike, Attribution, and Share Alike licenses. Individual attribution
>>>> for each image is included in the application source code.
>>> Seems a great addition for the younger age range :-)
>>> I did notice that even on a high specced laptop (1.5Ghz, 2Gb ram, broadband
>>> connection) the background image was very slow to display (until it had been
>>> cached locally).
>>> One suggestion, 1600x1200 seems a bit large (even as a max size). For the
>>> XO, 800x600 (max!) would seem to be a fair max image size to save nand space
>>> and keep image quality. The XO screen is capable of 1200x900 in black/white,
>>> and 800x600 seems a reasonable number for it's colour resolution abilities:
>>>        http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Display
>>> --Gary
>>>> overview:
>>>> I wrote some software using DHTML (JavaScript, HTML and CSS.) It's to
>>>> help learn letters and numbers, and is intended to be used with adult
>>>> supervision and involvement. It is fairly easy to customize it to use
>>>> different images and support different alphabets simply by editing the
>>>> contents of the <style> element in the HTML file.
>>>> The software is very, very, very simple — it just echoes typed letters
>>>> and numbers in a large, colorful font and shows a somewhat-relevant
>>>> background image for each one. The images are various freely-usable
>>>> ones I found on Wikipedia or in the Wikimedia Commons. View source
>>>> code for full copyright information for the associated images.
>>>> online version of the "Yay!, Bee, See" application:
>>>> http://xent.com/~bsittler/yay-bee-see.html
>>>> an archive of the application (ZIP, ~15 MiB) including all images:
>>>> http://xent.com/~bsittler/yay-bee-see.zip
>>>> blog post about it:
>>>> http://bsittler.livejournal.com/15244.html
>>>> background:
>>>> My daughter (who turns two this week) has been enjoying her OLPC from
>>>> last year's G1G1 program much more than I expected she would
>>>> (originally I intended to wait until she was older and literate to
>>>> introduce her to the OLPC, but she seemed to treat it as a favorite
>>>> toy starting around the age of 18 months.) She likes the Record
>>>> activity (she calls it "Waving hand" and uses it like a mirror-image
>>>> mirror,) Skype (not bundled, but she uses it to talk to and see
>>>> far-away family,) and listening to music (theclassicalstation.org).
>>>> She also likes pressing buttons, rotating the "ears" and screen, and
>>>> opening and closing the laptop. However, she seems somewhat frustrated
>>>> by not being able to do things on it for herself (or as she puts it,
>>>> "do it self!",) so I thought I might write a small program where her
>>>> keypresses give some feedback, and help reinforce her interest in the
>>>> digits and letters of the alphabet (she loves being read to and
>>>> recognizes many letters and digits, but does not seem to understand
>>>> reading yet.)
>>>> -Ben
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