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Re: CVAA and video captioning


From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Nov 20, 2013 9:23AM

Checking the PDF's metadata, it appears that the accessibility problems were
caused by
1) an older version of Word was used to create the source document.
2) an older version of Acrobat PDF Maker (version 10) was used to convert
the Word file to PDF.
3) an under-trained person made the document.

In other words, outdated software and user errors.

At first glance, yes I agree that it's ironic that their PDF isn't
But then again, they're experts at video accessibility, not document or
website accessibility. Although there are many facets of accessibility that
span across those 3 types of communication, it's difficult to be an expert
in all of them.

So although they may know the ins and outs of making an accessible video for
You Tube, that doesn't guarantee they know anything about how to write,
design, structure and format a Word document so that it creates an
accessible PDF.

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Andrews, David B
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:38 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] CVAA and video captioning

It is indeed ironic that a PDF about accessibility is itself mostly
inaccessible! For JAWS users, the PDF is all but useless. It contains
text, but the words are all run together, which some desktop publishing
programs seem to do when they spit out PDF's. You technical experts will
know better than I why this is, but comprehension would involve reviewing
word by word to sort it out!


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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Chagnon | PubCom
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:03 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] CVAA and video captioning

This brief about online video captioning requirements provides a succinct
overview of the accessibility requirements for video content on the web as
well as devices.

(warning: this PDF from 3 Play Media is not fully accessible, but at least
the tag tree has headings and structure)

I'm wondering how accurate the briefing paper is because one of its
statistical claims caught my interest.

In the brief, they state "Americans currently spend nearly 30% of their
daily viewing time watching online video" and the footnote cites Forester
research that pitches their findings that Americans are "cutting the cord"
from traditional and cable TV, and switching to other sources, such as
Netflix and online material.

My background in statistics and data analysis sent up a red flag when I read
that statement: 30% of daily viewing time is quite a bit of time! Yes, there
are some demographics that would spend 30%, but 30% across all demographics?
I guess I could pay $499 to purchase the Forrester report and hopefully see
their data, but that's a bit out of my budget.

Can any listmembers with knowledge about US captioning regulations comment
on the brief? Aside from the "30%" claim, I'm wondering if the brief is
accurate enough to give communication managers who need a brief summary
about US accessibility requirements and online video.

- Bevi Chagnon

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