Thread Subject: Re: Independent - top level - Caption Control
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From: Gregg Vanderheiden
Date: Fri, Sep 21 2007 2:05 PM
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1) I think asking that CC be on top level of menu is not realistic. There
is nothing in the top level of menus for any TV that I have seen.
Everything is in a category. And captioning is in different categories on
each player. Also many people don't ever go into their menus. That is all
weird symbols and terms that confuse them and make the feel stupid. (Not us
in the top 5% or the top 20% - but the bottom 50% and those who are old
and losing hearing)
2) the exception to the above would be things like Apple that have a very
simple and friendly visual menu system and almost no buttons on the Remote.
They don't even have a mute (that is visible - I couldn't tell if there was
a hidden way to mute from the control but there might be) So the language
allowed for captioning to not be on the control for those cases.
3) But for the rest - adding CC button on the control should be possible.
Look at the controls and there are many buttons with less importance and
use. We can look at this more but I think the CC button would be welcome by
a large portion of users - and it won't make all the other button smaller by
anything measurable on these controls. (remember the mini-control like
apples is exempt since they only have basic volume and navigation controls
on them. )
4) SAP is another interesting one. It is even more of a need since you
can't see the menus to use it. It would be used less but is more critical
to getting access. Also - it will have different names on different
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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