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Re: MINUTES(edited): W3C WAI User Agent Telecon 22 September1999

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 10:09:28 -0400
Message-ID: <37EB8618.35682A37@w3.org>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
CC: Madeleine Rothberg <Madeleine_Rothberg@wgbh.org>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Jon Gunderson wrote:
> 
> Response in JRG:
> 
> At 05:34 PM 9/23/99 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
> >Jon Gunderson wrote:
> >>
> >> 5) Issue #80 Make audio available as text.
> >>
> >> http://cmos-eng.rehab.uiuc.edu/ua-issues/issues-linear.html#80
> >>
> >> MR: In rationale of Guideline 1, I thought an additional example on output
> >> device independence. Example would meet needs of deaf users and output
> device
> >> independence. Take text from [3]:
> >>
> >> "And any output provided in audio should also be available in text since
> >> most alternative output mechanisms rely on the presence of system-drawn
> >> text on the
> >> screen."
> >
> >>AG: Also add cross-reference to show sounds in techniques document.
> >
> >>Resolved: ok to add text to introduction
> >
> >Hi,
> >
> >I looked back at this text from [3] and I'm not sure I understand.
> >Why does it belong in the section on device independence? Is this
> >about user agents *generating* text from audio? Or about ensuring
> >that author-supplied text is available?
> >
> >Or does "audio" mean "speech"?
> 
> JRG: I believe the primary concern is that audio (sampled sounds) files
> have text descriptions available of the sound file.  Whether the sound is
> speech or any other types of sound.  The text should describe the sounds,
> include a transcript of the speech (if any) or lyrics to a song in the wave
> file.  I believe that in general we want to have text descriptions of any
> document format that is encoding audio.

Then this is not a user agent requirement but an authoring requirement.

 - Ian


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