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Re: wave file as alt tag?

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 09:45:50 -0400
Message-ID: <37401D8E.7F1D7C4B@clark.net>
To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
CC: "meijer@natlab.research.philips.com" <meijer@natlab.research.philips.com>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
al, You are quite correct, but there is a new lexicon emerging and
that is a lexicon of direct image to sound conversion.  It will allow
for a limitless aray of application matching sounds with images never
before heard.

Al Gilman wrote:
> At 02:18 PM 5/16/99 +0200, Peter Meijer wrote:
> >Technically this should be quite feasible. For instance,
> >if an image of the American flag is showing with something
> >like Alt="Stars and stripes" in the HTML IMG tag, a blind
> >user might at the same time hear a "wav tag" of "wave file
> >as alt tag" like (88K file size)
> >
> >   http://www.seeingwithsound.com/extra/usflag.wav
> >
> >which is the sound generated from and corresponding to the
> >usflag.bmp example image that can be downloaded from
> >
> Yes, technically, the sound that is attached to the flag icon could be the
> sonification of the image.  But this would be a triumph of technology over
> communication.
> In popular culture this image already has an associated sound.  The sound
> for the image of a waving stars and stripes is that of Arthur Fiedler
> conducting the Boston Pops in Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" on the
> Esplanade on the Fourth of July.
> For inclusion of the reading-impaired, it is important to honor the
> associations of sight, sound and text that already exist as cliches in the
> lexicon of popular culture.
> Al
> >   http://www.seeingwithsound.com/extra/usflag.zip
> >
> >For bandwidth efficiency, for guaranteeing mutual consistency
> >between image and sound, and to avoid adding a burden on any
> >website developer, one would want this sound rendering done
> >automatically on the client computer, based on the original
> >image that the IMG tag was referring to.
> >
> >Linking a browser to a third-party add-on for the image based
> >sound rendering would do the job. The browser would only have
> >to pass on the image data when the user indicates he/she wants
> >to analyze the audible counterpart of an image, perhaps zoom
> >into it, hear it in inverse video, hear it line by line, apply
> >OCR, or whatever else may help with understanding the content
> >of the image through sound. All the necessary ingredients except
> >for the browser link are already available.
> >
> >Best wishes,
> >
> >Peter Meijer
> >
> >
> >Soundscapes from The vOICe - Seeing with your Ears!
> >http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Peter_Meijer/
> >

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