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RE: question re: streaming caption data format

From: John Birch <john.birch@screen.subtitling.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 09:28:34 +0100
Message-ID: <4476B296B92A4741A49B0BD017590700A4F3D8@sss-uk-ex-02.screen.subtitling.local>
To: "Andrew Kirkpatrick" <akirkpat@adobe.com>, <public-tt@w3.org>

Andrew,

If by captioning you are referring to US 608 and 708 captions for the
hard of hearing then I would agree.
In the UK, Europe and other global locations :-) subtitles (translation)
often uses colour changes to indicate a change of speaker.
Italics are frequently used to distinguish off screen narration from on
screen speakers, or music lyrics from spoken words.

While these effects are more commonly used for pre-coded subtitles, they
are used for true live subtitling too.
BTW by live subtitling, I mean subtitles generated without a priori
knowledge of the dialogue in real time.
In live subtitling, there can be no pre-transmission of styles, sinc3
there is no knowledge of what styles may be used... Although it is
feasible that all the potential combinations could be collected in the
header on the chance that they might be used during the performance...
However, this strikes me as somewhat in-elegant :-)

Of course, pre-coded subtitles might be used for the playout of a video
stream and be transmitted in a streaming manner, where for whatever
reason the downloading of the entire subtitle stream at the commencement
of clip playback is undesirable (e.g. when wishing to play from the
middle of a larger asset).

Regards,

John

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-----Original Message-----
From: public-tt-request@w3.org [mailto:public-tt-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Andrew Kirkpatrick
Sent: 21 October 2008 03:06
To: public-tt@w3.org
Subject: question re: streaming caption data format


DB: Header information is fixed like it is in DFXP. Supports out of band
styling, but no in stream styling. Canuse smil param elements as the out
of band mechanism.

Related to the discussion last week - what is the use case that we are
trying to support where the caption or other text stream needs to change
format?  I may be thinking too narrowly around captioning, but the case
where captions are streaming it is all that the captioner can do to get
the text of the captions into the stream, forget about modifying the
style...  Are there current cases where this is needed?

Thanks,
AWK



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