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Re: W3C Web and TV Interest Group - Hello from Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:31:02 +1000
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2kYncyS66A8vpg2o75+hN+rm0X9QnnRpjGuJ7H-0Q5_aA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Robert Pearson <robert.pearson@ami.ca>
Cc: Giuseppe Pascale <giuseppep@opera.com>, "public-web-and-tv@w3.org" <public-web-and-tv@w3.org>
Hi all,

I am a member of the HTML5 accessibility task force media subgroup
which has focused on developing accessibility features for audio and
video in HTML5. I will actually be attending the Web and TV workshop
and will talk in particular about the captioning features we
introduced. I would also be keen to have a broader discussion about
other a11y features and what new requirements may be considered from a
Web and TV perspective.

You can try seeking me out at the workshop - I'd be keen on any discussions.

Cheers,
Silvia.

On Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 6:33 AM, Robert Pearson <robert.pearson@ami.ca> wrote:
> Hello Giuseppe,
>
> Good to meet you and I look forward to meeting other members in the group as well.
>
> I have done similar analyses in the past in terms of what web technologies are missing in order to be accessible in the context of Web and TV.  My background has been specifically accessibility over the last ten years, working in this area since the launch of the W3C WAI guidelines in 1999, with which I've worked extensively.  Prior to my role at AMI I've worked with various levels of government and financial organizations in accessibility development, training and standards formation and these continue to be all aspects of what I'm focused on at AMI in the context of Web and TV.  We work closely with broadcasting organizations within Canada, but also internationally in the area of ensuring broad media accessibility.  We'd be very interested in assisting with the creation of a new taskforce within the group to develop some concrete proposals.  For example, I can tell you that one area we are focused upon at the moment is the development of effective and accessible player controls so that assistive technologies may be able to browse without any hinderance.
>
> We look forward to continuing the discussion with everyone.
>
> Regards,
>
> ROBERT PEARSON
> DIRECTOR, ACCESSIBLE DIGITAL MEDIA
> direct: 647 729 3917
> toll free: 1 800 567 6755
> 1090 Don Mills Road, Suite 200
> Toronto, ON M3C 3R6
> www.ami.ca
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Giuseppe Pascale [mailto:giuseppep@opera.com]
> Sent: September-07-11 12:46 PM
> To: public-web-and-tv@w3.org; Robert Pearson
> Subject: Re: W3C Web and TV Interest Group - Hello from Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
>
> Dear Robert,
> thanks for your interest and for introducing yourself to the list.
>
> My name is Giuseppe and I'm one of the co-chair of this IG.
>
> Accessibility was indeed a discussion topic during last Web & TV workshop in Berlin [1]. We had some interesting presentations and discussions.
> We haven't had any follow-up after the workshop on this topic.
>
> I was wondering if you have ever done (or would be willing to do) an analysis of what current web technologies are missing in order to be accessible, in the context of Web and TV. If you and other are interested in this topic, we could think about creating a new TF to come up with some concrete proposals that needs follow-up in W3C.
>
> I want to point out that W3C (as you may know) already have an accessibility initiative [2] and we should of course try not to duplicate work. On the other end, people on this list may bring a slightly different perspective that could enrich the already very good work WAI groups are doing.
>
> Looking forward to yours (and other people) comments on this.
>
> cheers,
>
> /g
>
> [1] http://www.w3.org/2010/11/web-and-tv/agenda.html#session7
> [2] http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility
>
> On Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:56:32 +0200, Robert Pearson <robert.pearson@ami.ca>
> wrote:
>
>> Hello everyone,
>>
>> I'd like to introduce myself as we've just joined the mailing list.
>>
>> We are Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) and I am Robert Pearson, Director,
>> Accessible Digital Media.  We are a not-for-profit multimedia
>> organization operating two broadcast services, VoicePrint and The
>> Accessible Channel - TACtv, and a companion website
>> (http://www.ami.ca/) in Canada.  Headquartered in Toronto, with
>> offices across the county we serve Canadians who are blind, low
>> vision, deaf or hearing impaired through these two unique services.
>>
>>
>> *         TACtv is the world's only network to broadcast all programs
>> with open described video and closed captioning and broadcasts
>> Hollywood movies and popular TV shows.
>>
>> *         VoicePrint is the world's largest broadcast reading service
>> making local, national and international news and information
>> accessible. Daily, our 600 volunteers read and record current articles
>> from leading newspapers and magazines, which are broadcast on TV and
>> online.
>>
>> If you are in Canada, I encourage you to check out our services.  Each
>> has a designation of "must carry" status assigned by the Canadian
>> government and is thus available in every home with a  digital cable
>> subscription.
>>
>> We look forward to joining the discussion within this group as we
>> understand that accessibility has been one of your topics of focus and
>> it is of the upmost priority for us.  We have been working on a number
>> of initiatives under the topic of 'web and tv' and we look forward to
>> participating in your discussions in whatever capacity we may be able
>> to do so.
>>
>> If you have any questions about who we are and what we do, please
>> don't hesitate to contact me directly.
>>
>> I look forward to hearing from you.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> [cid:image001.png@01CC6C81.6591D9A0]
>>
>> ROBERT PEARSON
>> DIRECTOR, ACCESSIBLE DIGITAL MEDIA
>> direct: 647 729 3917
>> toll free: 1 800 567 6755
>> 1090 Don Mills Road, Suite 200
>> Toronto, ON M3C 3R6
>> www.ami.ca<http://www.ami.ca/>
>>
>>
>>
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> Opera Software
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