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SMIL and <video> accessibility

From: Geoff Freed <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:44:51 -0500
To: "public-html-a11y@w3.org" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
CC: "silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com" <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
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With all this discussion over the past week regarding the coordination of <video> with caption/subtitle/description/karoke, etc., tracks, I am reminded of a question that I and a few others asked last fall when this group was formed:  why is SMIL not being considered to take care of track synchronization, selection and activation?  I know that there were objections to the size of SMIL, but there wasn't much discussion about implementing only specific modules rather than the whole huge spec.  All this talk about <tracks> and <trackgroup> make me think we should be taking advantage of SMIL's <par> and <switch> elements, for example.

So... what are the reasons SMIL modules (http://www.w3.org/TR/SMIL/smil-modules.html) aren't being considered?

Thanks.
Geoff/WGBH
Received on Monday, 15 February 2010 23:45:26 GMT

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