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Re: Media Accessibility User Requirements Published

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:03:00 -0400
To: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Cc: "'Silvia Pfeiffer'" <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>, "'HTML Accessibility Task Force'" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20101018220300.GE2595@sonata.rednote.net>
Hi, All:

John Foliot writes:
> Wondering aloud if we should provide links to the following resources:
> Captioning Key:
> Published by the Described and Captioned Media Program, the Captioning Key
> provides information about how to present audio content in captions. The
> Captioning Key specifies guidelines for the production of captions as well
> as subtitles.
> http://www.dcmp.org/captioningkey/ 
> Suggested Styles and Conventions for Closed Captioning:
> The Media Access Group at WGBH has a Captioning FAQ that provides some
> conventions for how to caption, though it is geared more for closed
> captioning for video and TV.
> http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/mag/services/captioning/faq/sugg-styles-co
> nv-faq.html 

I'm not in favor of adding these to our User Requirements themselves
because it tends to turn our requirements document into something more
than a requirements document. I think it useful to keep that document
specific to that purpose alone. Should any concerns arise with it, they
would thus be purely requirements concerns, and our requirements would
not become confused with arguments about strategies for meeting the

I am not opposed to creating another document--or wiki page--that points
to associated resources. In fact, I think this would be a useful thing
to do. Case in point might be the AFB/NCAM study on the value ov video
description, titled "Who's Watching,"  that was conducted under a U.S.
National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the late 1990's:


. law: "The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of
2010," Public Law 111-260:


Please note that this law includes regulation of digital broadcast
content that is also published via the web, so does have impact on our


> JF


Janina Sajka,	Phone:	+1.443.300.2200

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