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Re: accessible streaming

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 20:30:11 -0600 (CST)
To: Tina Holmboe <tina@greytower.net>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.31.0402122023520.2594-100000@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu>

The two main issues with video accessibility is providing text captions
for audio content and audio descriptions of visual information.  SMIL [1]
provides support for both these features and is supported by Real Player
and Quicktime, although Real Players implementation seems to be easier to
use and provides a means for the user to control the rendering of the
captions and audi descriptions.

MAGPIE [2] is a free utility that can be used to create text captions.

Some captioning tutorials can be found at:


[1]  http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-smil20-20010807/
[2]  http://ncam.wgbh.org/webaccess/magpie/

On Fri, 13 Feb 2004, Tina Holmboe wrote:

> On 12 Feb, John Foliot - WATS.ca wrote:
> > Check out Open Office (www.openoffice.org).  This *free* suite can open MS
> > Word docs, and is available for the following platforms:
>   Whilst I am both a user of, and an advocate for, the OpenOffice suite,
>   I'm afraid the above is only partially true.
>   The OpenOffice suit *can* open MS Office documents. However, it can't
>   open *all* Word documents. It can also write Word documents, but MS
>   Word can't always read them. Of course, *MS Word* can't always open MS
>   Word documents, or read documents created with other MS Word versions
>   ...
>   It's a bit of a mess, really. I've had clients who could not open
>   their one month old Word documents with a new version of Word.
>   I'd claim that the Sec 508 violation's death is grossly exaggerated.
>   Distributing a Word document means, basically, that whether or not
>   you've got OpenOffice -or- MS Office opening it is uncertain.
> --
>  -    Tina Holmboe                    Greytower Technologies
>    tina@greytower.net                http://www.greytower.net/
>    [+46] 0708 557 905
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