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RE: TT and subtitling

From: <Johnb@screen.subtitling.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 09:32:55 -0000
Message-ID: <11E58A66B922D511AFB600A0244A722E6C602F@NTMAIL>
To: geoff_freed@wgbh.org
Cc: public-tt@w3.org

Geoff Freed wrote:

	> SMPTE's definitions leave room for ambiguity.  Captions are always
in the
	> same language as the program audio, for example, and they aren't
limited to just
	> motion  pictures.  I propose the following definition for

	> "Textual representation of dialog, narration and other audio
events, in the same
	> language as the original presentation."

I think we should be careful about re-defining terms that are perhaps
already adequately defined by standards organsiations :-)

Captioning is NOT always in the language of the program audio - for example
in the UK it is perfectly feasible on DTT (digital terrestrial TV) to have
English subtitles AND English captions (as separate user selections) for a
Welsh language (audio) program. To adopt the above definition would mean
that any 'foreign language' program that is **not** dubbed could only be
termed 'subtitled' - regardless of the inclusion of audio events and
narration (which are indicative of captioning cf subtitling).

I agree that the scope of the definition could be widened in the TT standard
to include all video and audio material (not just motion pictures).


John Birch.

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