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From: Andrews, David B (DEED)
Date: Nov 20, 2013 9:40AM


I understand -- part of what we need is tools that produce PDF's need to do a better job, as most people don't know a lot about this stuff. I went to the 3playmedia.com web site and left them a long message via their contact us link.

Dave



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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] CVAA and video captioning

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In other words, outdated software and user errors.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 accessible.
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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Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:38 AM
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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!

Dave



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Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:03 AM
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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) http://info.3playmedia.com/rs/3playmedia/images/CVAA-Brief.pdf

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.

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