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Re: Audio formats

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 19:46:38 +0000
Cc: "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <charles@sidar.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: "Webmaster@EDD" <web@edd.ca.gov>
Message-Id: <B1BE3DB4-4379-11D7-A444-0003939B5AD0@btinternet.com>

I'm not sure what you have in mind, but plenty of people enjoy 
listening to the radio, via the internet, and this must include the 
visually impaired.
presumably some stations write their content for the deaf community. 
Would you prefer your news read by a newscaster you know or a machine?

Many of our users have a visual impairment, and may also have a 
cognitive one.
Our students undoubtedly prefer recorded audio at the present time, as 
do children.
Ours have experience of listening and understanding human speech 
impediments.
Children don't, in the main.

It remains true that screen readers may appear to offer convenience, if 
you have the funds available, the ability to configure and use one, and 
the intelligence to understand what is being read.
In any other case an alternative solution may be preferable.

Jonathan

On Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at 04:39 PM, Webmaster@EDD wrote:

> Thanks Chaals.
>
> I can elaborate on the customers' belief, only in so far as I 
> understand it
> (and yes, I've asked).
>
> Here's what I know:  A Deputy Director heard about text-to-speech, and
> thought that meant "recorded audio," and directed her staff to 
> investigate
> the idea of pushing all her department's content in both written and
> recorded audio formats.  Those staff then directed their research on 
> the
> subject of her literal request (rather than focusing on the spirit of 
> her
> intent).
>
> I've never heard of anyone anywhere ever using recorded audio versions 
> of
> written content in an effort to improve accessibility for the visually
> impaired community.
>
> Was wondering if anyone else has.
>
> sb
>
>
>> Can you explain more about why your customers believe there is value 
>> in
>> recorded audio? It may be that I am missing something particular to
>> your case.
>
>> cheers
>
>> Chaals
>
Received on Tuesday, 18 February 2003 14:44:51 GMT

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