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RE: accessible streaming

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 20:09:44 -0500
To: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>, "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENEEAHENAA.foliot@wats.ca>

Hey Bob (and others interested),

Check out Open Office (www.openoffice.org).  This *free* suite can open MS
Word docs, and is available for the following platforms:
Windows, Linux (x86)/ Linux (PPC), Solaris (SPARC)/ Solaris (x86), freeBSD,
and Macintosh, in 32 languages to boot.  Seems the Sec 508 violation ain't
what it used to be <grin>.

NOTE: This is in no way an endorsement of using non-W3C technologies
(Priority 2 - 11.1 Use W3C technologies when they are available and
appropriate for a task and use the latest versions when supported.)  It
would be oh-so-simple to provide the text transcript (which is already
"digitized") as HTML.  Why, oh why????

To the original question, Juan, you definitely should be looking at SMIL.
While still very young and poorly supported, it *is* the recommended way of
providing accessible streaming technology.  I have had success using SMIL
with the Real Player; I believe the QuickTime player now supports SMIL as
well, not 100% sure of the Windows Media Player (Windows was working on
their own version last I checked called SAMI).  I suggest as well a Google
for the MAGpie tool, which allows developers to provide the text transcript
for the streaming content.

Good Luck.

JF
--
John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca   1.866.932.4878 (North America)



> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Access Systems
> Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:51 PM
> To: Juan Ulloa
> Cc: 'tking@ucp.org'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: RE: accessible streaming
>
>
>
> On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, Juan Ulloa wrote:
>
> > I didn't know you could watch videos through Lynx :)
>
> your right but I thought I would try to see if they had dreamed up
> something new, they hadn't
>
> > You are right, they provide their text transcripts in MS Word.
>
> which of course would violate 508 which requires the access be freely
> avaliable.  (in most cases)
> not to mention the proliferation of other operating systems, from the MAC
> to the big mainframes.
>
> > At first I thought they might have done this to provide the
> added benefit of
> > headlines, but then I noticed they didn't even have headlines
> on one of the
> > transcripts.  ...Too bad.
>
> nope, nada
>
> > I've noticed a lot of educational institutions just assume folks have
> > MSWord.  But then again, this site is probably meant for their staff who
> > probably all have the application.
>
> maybe they do, or maybe they don't. and what about students, unless the
> MSWord is provided free to all comers it would appear to violate section
> 508
>
> just my opinion
> Bob
>
> >
> > ::  Juan C. Ulloa |   x2487
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Access Systems [mailto:accessys@smart.net]
> > > Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 4:25 PM
> > > To: Juan Ulloa
> > > Cc: 'tking@ucp.org'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> > > Subject: RE: accessible streaming
> > >
> > >
> > > On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, Juan Ulloa wrote:
> > >
> > > > The Department of Information Technology in the University of
> > > > Wisconsin-Madison seems to have done a good job at this:
> > > >
> > > > See how they streamed their videos at:
> > > > http://www.doit.wisc.edu/accessibility/video/
> > >
> > > absolutely none were accessible in lynx....
> > >
> > > Bob
> > >
> > > "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
> > > safety deserve Neither liberty nor safety",    Benjamin Franklin
> > > -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
>   -   -   -
> > >    ASCII Ribbon Campaign                        accessBob
> > >     NO HTML/PDF/RTF in e-mail
> accessys@smartnospam.net
> > >     NO MSWord docs in e-mail                    Access
> Systems, engineers
> > >     NO attachments in e-mail,  *LINUX powered*   access is a
> civil right
> > >
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> "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
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> -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
>    ASCII Ribbon Campaign                        accessBob
>
>     NO HTML/PDF/RTF in e-mail
> accessys@smartnospam.net
>     NO MSWord docs in e-mail                    Access Systems,
> engineers
>     NO attachments in e-mail,  *LINUX powered*   access is a civil right
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