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RE: Practical reality

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpatrick@macromedia.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 18:14:53 -0800
Message-ID: <DC9D05204B1E16419D62C12561C932210640E185@p01exm01.macromedia.com>
To: "Roberto Scano \(IWA/HWG\)" <rscano@iwa-italy.org>, <ueki@infoaxia.co.jp>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

> Add captions and audio description take the same editing 
> time, and no particoular skills.

I'm sorry?  Captions and audio description take the same amount of time
as each other to add to a movie/multimedia?  

I'd estimate that do do a good job of captioning takes between 5 and 10
times the length of the media (e.g. a 5 minute movie will take 25-50
minutes to caption).

For audio description, you're looking at more time, twice or more as
much, at least.  

And don't require particular skills?  If you use people who are not
trained to do captioning or audio description what you wind up with is
lousy captions or audio descriptions.  Audio descriptions are decidedly
more difficult, in my opinion.  

> At least is more difficoult made a complex data table instead 
> of captions.

I'm not sure if I follow your comment, but I haven't encountered too
many data tables that I thought were more difficult to fix than an
average length video that needs captions and audio descriptions.

>     Have the WCAG WG reached the consensus that WCAG 2.0 
> don't consider the
>     "practical reality"? In other words, Will we just define what the
>     accessible web content is in WCAG 2.0? I'd like to make 
> sure if WCAG WG
>     has consensus on this point.

I agree Makoto - there is a disconnect that would be created when
captions and audio descriptions (needed by users to gain access to
content) are pushed to L2 and valid code (which doesn't always affect
accessibility) is pushed to L1. I can understand why captions and audio
descriptions might not both be L1 due to the difficulty of creating
them, but it seems that if practical reality is not considered at all
then we'll see captions and audio descriptions (live and recorded) and
valid code all at L1 - I don't think that is the right approach, but do
think that developers and legislators reading this document will expect
to be able to understand why different items are at different levels and
to what extent the placement is practical or hopeful.

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