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Re: Audio description in WCAG 2.1 AA success criterion 1.2.5


From: Detlev Fischer
Date: Apr 23, 2021 1:42AM

When there are no gaps, the nuance IMO would come in in assessing the
criticality of content to be audio-described. In 9 out of 10 cases in my
audits, it is transient text (speaker names, initial titles, last frame
info etc) that is missing audiodescription. Sometimes it is critical to
know who's speaking, but in many other cases, it isn't really that
important. From a strict equivalence viewpoint, any speaker name
insertion where the name is not already elegantly included in the audio
and pauses are lacking would require the site owner to go back to the
editing studio for an extended version. I think normatively on level AA
this would be a high ask in cases where the information is non-critical.
(I admit that there is subjectivity in the criticality assessment but
that is the case in many other SCs as well.)

Am 23.04.2021 um 09:23 schrieb Patrick H. Lauke:
> Personally, I do think that requiring AD at AA (particularly *because*
> it's not something that can be done easily, and might require videos
> to effectively be duplicated if they have to have different lengths
> because there are no gaps) is quite burdensome depending on the nature
> of the original video, and - as ever - the SC lacks nuance here about
> how easy/hard it can be to retrofit existing non-AD videos.
> P

Detlev Fischer
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