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Re: Acessibility of <audio> and <video>

From: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 21:45:44 +0100
Message-ID: <48B319F8.5090201@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
CC: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Anne van Kesteren wrote:

 > I don't really follow I'm afraid. The idea behind using <video> is to
 > show a video. If all browsers have video support (long term) there's no
 > need to fallback. At that point authors don't have to do much more than
 > <video src=geweldig></video> and make sure the geweldig resource is
 > accessible.

This is passing the buck.  Scenario : the Principal
addresses the University and his address is recorded;
his aide asks the webmaster to put the video up
on the web.  The webmaster looks at the video and
finds there are no closed-captions, no subtitles,
no accessibility features at all.  What is he to
do ?  Refuse to put it up.  That would be a brave
webmaster indeed.  No, instead he puts it up,
then relies on the intelligent design of HTML 5
to allow him to add accessibility features to
overcome the deficiencies of the raw material.
And it is our responsibility to make sure that
he can do this.

Received on Monday, 25 August 2008 20:46:25 UTC

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