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FW: Recruiting Now for Survey on Synthesized Speech and Audio Description

From: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 22:53:50 -0800 (PST)
To: "Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <035801cabc30$9a040fd0$ce0c2f70$@edu>
(Apologies for cross posting)

This may be of interest to some on this list.  IBM Japan's Research lab
will also be demoing their viewer solution that is being used for this
testing at CSUN (for those that might be attending), and after seeing it
myself it is very interesting and impressive - worth checking out if you
can.  The session details are found here:



> February 19, 2010
> Recruiting Now for a Survey on Synthesized Speech and Audio Description
> IBM Research-Japan and WGBH's Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National
> Center
> for Accessible Media (NCAM) are conducting a joint study via an online
> survey on the applicability of speech synthesis for audio description
> of
> Web-based video.
> Adults (18+ years of age) who are blind or have low vision will be
> asked to
> share their opinions about a few short video clips which include
> synthesized
> description.
> NCAM is seeking participants with a range of familiarity with
> synthesized
> speech (from little or none to regular users) and as well as
> familiarity
> with audio description (from little or none to regular users).
> Interested in sharing your opinion? Please send an email to
> access@wgbh.org
> with "participate" in the subject line. Once the online survey is
> posted on
> or about March 1, you will be sent an email with the survey's Web site
> address and asked to complete the survey by Friday, March 12. The
> survey,
> which will be accessible via screen-reading software, should take no
> longer
> than one half hour.
> NCAM will summarize and share the results of the survey once user
> opinions
> are analyzed.
> NOTE: This is an early investigation into a subject many people who are
> blind or have low-vision have asked about for many years. Though we are
> conducting this study, WGBH does not intend to substitute synthesized
> speech
> for human voices on the programs and movies we currently describe.
> Following
> this narrow and limited initial study, further research will be
> required to
> expand the scope of investigation into larger populations, other types
> of
> media and other parameters.
> Thank you!
> Mary
> Mary Watkins Director of Communications  and Outreach
> Media Access Group at WGBH
> One Guest Street
> Boston, MA 02135
> 617 300-3700
> mary_watkins@wgbh.org
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