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Re: Media Gaps Document--36 Hour Consensus Call

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:41:44 +1100
Message-ID: <AANLkTimi2m9OtXo=nN_itL27POwbD+fBB27SOYRpxPVs@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Cc: Eric Carlson <eric.carlson@apple.com>, Geoff Freed <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>, Sean Hayes <Sean.Hayes@microsoft.com>, Frank Olivier <Frank.Olivier@microsoft.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 4:56 PM, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu> wrote:
> Eric Carlson wrote:
>>
>> On Dec 15, 2010, at 7:13 PM, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
>> >
>> > I think "widely used" was a fair assessment for SRT. All professional
>> > entities that I've known that use other formats are usually also
>> > capable of using SRT because it's so simple. Just saying "is
>> > implemented in some sectors of the Web-development community" is
>> > unfair because there are many professional entities that use it, too.
>> > They make no big fuss about it, but they support it. SRT support is
>> > more commonly found than TTML and I would therefore object to any
>> > representation that tries to imply the opposite.
>>
>>  I agree! SRT is one of the formats that YouTube recommends people use
>> when uploading captions
>> that are not already formatted [1]:
>>
>> If you do not have formatted caption data, such as a transcript that
> does
>> not have timing data, we recommend using SubRip (*.SRT)
> or SubViewer (*.SUB)
>> for generating formatted captions.
>
> Although I have complained to the HTML WG Chairs in the past about the use
> of vague metrics when it comes to measurement, I think that here 'widely
> used' does represent a fairly accurate assessment of SRT's usage. It's
> usage in the fan-sub community for sub-titling is also well known,
> although getting a handle on quantity metrics is difficult. Unless there
> is strong push-back I believe we are best served by retaining that phrase
> here.
>
> My $0.02 Canadian
>
> JF
>

While it's only indicative, a Google search for filetype:srt provides
264,000 results while filetype:ttml provides 713 results.

Neither of these numbers mean much because the majority of these files
will not live on the 'net. But they are indicative and quantitative.

Cheers,
Silvia.
Received on Thursday, 16 December 2010 06:42:41 GMT

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