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Lack of attention to the deaf people needs.

From: WCAG 2.0 Comment Form <nobody@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 21:36:13 +0000 (GMT)
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Name: Emmanuelle GutiƩrrez y Restrepo
Email: coordina@sidar.org
Affiliation: Sidar Foundation
Document: W2
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Comment Type: general comment
Summary of Issue: Lack of attention to the deaf people needs.
Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
Once analyzed your answer, we (The WCAG2-espa discussion list of the Iberoamerican Seminar about Dissability and Web Accessibility - SIDAR) have reached the following agreement, as a conclusion:

Due to the possible sign language interpretation and web video implementation problems according to each country resources we have considered to propose a change focused to the introduction of sign language on a reduced way. It means, only in the cases which the technological and economic resources allow it.

The inclusion of brief videos in sign language does not imply a disproportionate cost, but a small investment that results in accessibility to deaf people. Like each country has its oral language also each country has its own sign language and each country has professionals of translation or native professionals of sign language.

Also, the technological implications of picking up images to display them in the web page do not entail any action outside the reach of all.

Current technology allows downloading or spreading of this kind of content by modem or by DSL with enough quality to understand it.

And WCAG 2 surely will have to accompany us by many years, so that every year will be simpler and cheap to produce this type of videos.

Proposed Change:
To add a requirement to offer an alternative to have sign language interpretation in order to explain the main goals (objectives) of the site content in the web page presentation in those cases in which technologic and economic resources allow it. Level (2).
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