Thread Subject: Re: Latest "controls" language
From: Greg Fields
Date: Tue, Oct 23 2007 10:15 AM
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Points, feedback and rationale (as applicable):
1) "find easily" and "use easily" are not testable as they will differ
for each feature, person, impairment type and impairment severity.
2) There are other examples of accessibility features (like enabling
enhanced audio for hard of hearing) and the aggregate examples of
accessibility features cannot be equally compared in prominence to
3) "general controls" are already covered in the definition of "operable
controls", in 2.1-C Mechanical Controls and in 2.1-D Touch Operated
Controls. Any additional definition here constitutes duplication.
4) The existing and stated scope of Section 508 Law, and its
requirements, is access to E&IT and does not include usability in its
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Proposed 'simplified' rewrite:
Products that receive or display analog or digital television must
provide controls for accessibility features in at least one location.
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Subject: [teitac-video] Latest "controls" language
As far as I know, we are still working with the two options offered by
Singer in our last conference call:
In order to comply with this subpart, the user controls needed to
configure and activate any accessibility feature, and the general
controls used by those needing that accessibility feature, on
products that receive or display analog or digital television, must
be easy to find and easy to use by people needing that accessibility
feature. In at least one location, these must be comparable in
prominence to the controls needed to control volume, or perform
program selection, where the ability to control these features is
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And attempted re-write for clarity:
In products that receive or display analog or digital television, a
user needing access to an accessibility feature must be able to find
easily, and use easily, both the controls needed to enable that
accessibility feature, and other general controls that that user also
needs to be able to use. In at least one location, these controls
must be comparable in prominence to the controls needed to control
volume, or perform program selection, where the ability to control
these features is otherwise provided.
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The examples remain unchanged.
1. For captioning:
(a) A caption on/off on a TV remote comparable in prominence to the
volume control on that remote;
(b) Caption controls on the first menu that appear when on-screen
menus are displayed
2. Audio equivalents to on-screen information and visual menu selections
3. A tactile button to turn on audio equivalents;
4. A user preferences dialog that is accessible and directly
reachable from a login screen.