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Bilingual captions conformance

From: David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:45:08 -0400
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To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Today we discussed captions. The question of native languages vs
translations came up.

My understanding of Captioning is that it is a written representation of
speech, identification of speakers, and significant sounds.  The written
language should be the same as speaker's language.

The question of a bilingual video arises...
Technically the caption file should follow changes to languages with the

Both YouTube and Vimeo require the person uploading a caption file to
identify the language... I find this awkward not to be able to identify the
second language. We have a lot of bilingual videos in Canada

I guess for a bilingual caption one would choose the primary language
assuming one is dominant when uploading... Like a web page...

However, I would suggest that it also be considered sufficient to provide
two caption files... One in each language... With translations when
appropriate and a written notification when translation starts vs. native

As long as other sounds are in these caption files ...  is it conforming or
not to provide two caption files... I think it is...
What do others think?

We may want to check with some use groups...



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