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Re: Poor DVD menu design

From: geoff freed <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>
Date: 11 Dec 2001 08:33:46 -0500
Message-ID: <-1204062872geoff_freed@wgbh.org>
To: "SHARPE, Ian" <Ian.SHARPE@cambridge.sema.slb.com>, WAI <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>, <w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org>

NCAM has been exploring solutions to DVD access and, most recently, worked with Universal Studios Home Video to add access features to "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas".  The DVD features captions, audio descriptions and full audio navigation, and is the first Hollywood film made fully accessible on DVD .  For complete information, read the press release at


Geoff Freed
Project Manager
CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
WGBH Educational Foundation

On Monday, December 10, 2001, David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com> wrote:
>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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