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Proposed ednote to clarify captions and transcript

From: Michael Cooper <michaelc@watchfire.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 15:28:37 -0400
Message-ID: <A0666B3C59F1634290FDC88674D87C320212500B@1WFEMAIL.ottawa.watchfire.com>
To: "WAI GL \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

In discussion of Guideline 1.2 Level 1 Success Criterion 1 there was a proposal to move this to Level 2. The group agreed to keep it at level 1, but noted some concerns. I think it would be fair to say most of us feel that a text alternative at Level 1 is definately needed, but a synchronized text alternative aka captions seems like a high bar. We noted captions are a form of text alternative as provided under Guideline 1.1, therefore the requirement to provide some sort of text alternative already exists. We thought it would be best to put in an editorial note for now to clarify this. I propose the following wording for an editorial note to 1.2 L1 SC 1:

The Working Group understands captions to be a form of text alternative as required under Guideline 1.1. The requirement stated here does not specifically state that text alternatives must be synchronized at Level 1, which may be a high burden. There will be further exploration of this issue and clarification of the intent of the success criteria in a future draft.

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