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Re: Is embedded audio helping accessibility?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 23:43:35 -0400 (EDT)
To: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0108022339050.8233-100000@tux.w3.org>
This would be helpful for a lot of folks on any kind of text. It is the link
between the spoken form and the written form that makes the difference.

When teaching kids to read a common strategy is to follow the words with a
finger, to reinforce the connection between something they half-understand
(the text) and something they may understand better, such as voice.

Interesting(?) aside: Reading silently is a fairly modern invention. Medieval
scriptioria (where books were copied by hand) were proably not the silent
places we imagine, as monks would typically read aloud for the same reasons
(although not at full volume necessarily <grin/>).

cheers

chaals

On Thu, 2 Aug 2001, Kelly Ford wrote:

  I won't claim to be an expert but would be interested in hearing the
  opinions of those with more professional/experiential backgrounds in the
  areas of folks who can't read the text for reasons other than blindness.
  The biggest thing folks in this category have told me is that they want
  the text highlighted as it is read.

  Do folks think this sort of audio reading would be good for a portal as
  was original described I believe or for longer narrative texts.
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