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RE: Please take a look at this website . . .

From: Morris, Lynn <LMorris@hrsa.gov>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 15:19:54 -0400
Message-ID: <296B71923206D41181CD00508BAC26D101EE561A@HRSA1>
To: "'jeffrey Pledger'" <jpledger@pop.mindspring.com>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Based on the press release,
http://app2.streampipe.com/vtc/switch.tc?c=4&cn=demo&s=20031&e=876 has a
demo of a recent event.  I'm not a streaming media expert, but I have read
in http://www.webaim.org/Articles/embeddedmp.php that embedded players
aren't accessible.  And I think pop-up windows in general are poor
accessibility practice--little or no user controls, like sizing, and
confusing for people using screen readers.  

Aside from the pop-up window, I'm curious about why they created the
captions on/off window, rather than using the "caption" channel built in to
Real Player (and, I believe, Windows Media). The way I read the multimedia
guidelines (http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.24.htm#(e)),
you're supposed to be able to turn captions on and off--webcasting the
closed-caption version isn't user-friendly or 508-compliant), but I haven't
seen anyone use this. Everything I've read seems to indicate that
508-compliant webcasting is possible--and preferable--using the stand-alone
player and the built-in caption channels, so I'm skeptical about their
"captioning solution" claim.  

The real challenge to 508-compliant multimedia is going to be incorporating
audio descriptions in live broadcasts.  I'd love to see an example of that,
if it's out there.

-----Original Message-----
From: jeffrey Pledger [mailto:jpledger@pop.mindspring.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 2:48 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Fwd: Please take a look at this website . . .

My apoligies for the original post being sent to the wrong email 
address.  Smile.
>Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 17:38:37 -0400
>To: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org
>From: jeffrey Pledger <jpledger@pop.mindspring.com>
>Subject: Please take a look at this website . . .
>I would greatly appreciate it if people could take a look at the following 
>website, http://www.streampipe.com.
>What I am very interested in is this site's claim to have created the 
>first streaming application which meets the sect 508 standards.  Please 
>take a look at their press release and the player and provide feedback on 
>these tools.  I don't think their is anything that is archived on the web 
>site, but if so, I would appreciate any comments on any accessible 
>archived video content.  Thanks.
>Jeffrey Pledger
>President, AbleTV, Inc.
Received on Tuesday, 3 July 2001 15:24:21 UTC

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