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Re: Poor DVD menu design

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 06:34:47 -0500
Message-ID: <000401c1816e$ac8b98e0$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: "SHARPE, Ian" <Ian.SHARPE@cambridge.sema.slb.com>, "WAI \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I use a dvd player and there does seem to be some commonality to things.
I love the x file series and once it was pointed out how to navigate it,
the same format has held through for all three of the seasons I have.
Often, I can just hit play twice if I want the movie or the first
eppisode but It does get frustrating sometimes especially if you don't
know how the dvd is layed ou.  There aren't too many combinations of
ways that it works tat I have seen so far though so a bit of trial and
error done carefully usually provides me with results.  Also,
interestingly, there are sound as well as visual cues in most of the dvd
interfaces I have used such that when you are in a different menu, the
sound is different.

This is indeed a fascinating discussion.

----- Original Message -----
From: "SHARPE, Ian" <Ian.SHARPE@cambridge.sema.slb.com>
To: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2001 5:23 AM
Subject: RE: Poor DVD menu design

Agreed. I am partially sighted and have only used the PC software but
can't use some DVDs!! The only ones I can use took me a frustrating age
work out by clicking on various areas of the screen which looked like
might do something, finding out they exited the menu and having to start
again!! (But then Buffy series 1 was worth it!) Why they couldn't simply
a verbal instruction on or offer a basic text menu alternative I have no
idea!!? Even sighted friends don't like the awkward interface and
functionality. Don't think I'd be able to use it at all on a DVD

Would be interested to know if there are standards and where this fits
the world of accessible technology?


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