Thread Subject: Re: Transcripts not required?
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From: Jim Tobias
Date: Fri, Jul 20 2007 2:40 PM
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I think what Karen wrote only applies to live events or recorded content
when the user doesn't have play controls (pause, resume, etc.)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karen Peltz Strauss [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ]
> Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 4:35 PM
> To: TEITAC Audio/Video Subcommittee
> Subject: Re: [teitac-video] Transcripts not required?
> The main reason that transcripts are de-emphasized is that it
> is much harder, and really impossible for a person with a
> hearing loss to actively follow the content of a program if
> the video is occurring without simultaneous captions.
> Transcripts distributed while a program is being shown force
> the use to keep looking up and down (at the transcript), and
> keep his or her place reading while trying to watch the program.
> Transcripts distributed after the program leave these
> individuals out of the mainstream completely.
> Unfortunately, in the past, it was common for governmental
> agencies and other entities to resort to transcripts instead
> of providing real time
> access, as the event it taking place. Therefore while
> transcripts can
> supplement real time access, they really should not be a
> substitute for it.
> However, if there is no other access, such as in the case of
> deaf-blind individuals, then transcripts may be the only
> accommodation that can meet the needs of those individuals.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jared Smith" < = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >
> To: < = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >
> Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 2:35 PM
> Subject: [teitac-video] Transcripts not required?
> >I apologize that this question is coming a bit late in the process.
> > We have found that transcripts are the preferred mechanism for
> > multimedia access by some users, particularly users with certain
> > cognitive, learning, or language disabilities, the deaf,
> and even many
> > screen reader users. They are the only method of access for the
> > deaf-blind. I am wondering if the a/v subcommittee could please
> > provide information regarding why transcripts are not a
> requirement in
> > the existing draft requirements.
> > The following post did reference an idea that they *could* be
> > required, but I was unable to find any further discussion on this
> > possibility -
> > If the issue is WCAG 2.0 harmonization and the fact that transcripts
> > are given a Level AAA designation, I have posted this same
> question to
> > the WCAG working group as to why transcripts are given very little
> > relevance and hope that this will be resolved.
> > Jared Smith
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