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Transcript = text allows no captions

From: WCAG 2.0 Comment Form <nobody@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 20:39:30 +0000 (GMT)
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Name: Jared Smith
Email: jared@webaim.org
Affiliation: WebAIM
Document: W2
Item Number: Success Criterion 1.2.1
Part of Item: 
Comment Type: technical
Summary of Issue: Transcript = text allows no captions
Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
A content creator can simply designate the transcript for a video as the \"text\" and the video itself as the \"multimedia alternative to text\", thus there would be no requirement to ever provide captions for any video that has a transcript.

The intention is to allow non-captioned alternatives (possibly for those with cognitive disabilities), but by simply providing a transcript (Level AAA - see next comment), developers can essentially bypass this Level A requirement for ALL pre-recorded multimedia.

Additional thoughts at http://webaim.org/blog/2007/06/27/wcag-20-polishing-the-rough-edges/#captions

Proposed Change:
I\'m not sure how to specifically address this. \"Multimedia alternative to text\" needs to be sufficiently defined so it cannot be construed to be applied to a transcript.
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