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

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 23:43:46 EST 2008

 Ben --

When you're zipping up the directory, if you add a metadata file in
this subpath:

and give the resulting zip file the extension .xol, you'll have an XO
library bundle.

Here is a sample info file, with all required fields :
Note that the 'name' field in the info file should match the name of
the root directory.

Our standard is to increment the version # in the metadata every time
you make a change; that allows tools like Sugar's software updater
know when there are newer versions of packages available to install.


On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 7:31 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?
> 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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