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Re: 48-Hour Call for Consensus (CfC): TV Remote Control API Comments

From: lisa.seeman <lisa.seeman@zoho.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:09:48 +0200
To: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Cc: "Accessible Platform Architectures Administration" <public-apa-admin@w3.org>
Message-Id: <15a61db9dea.bf09028f197052.8529661826795302323@zoho.com>
Hi JaninaI might be missing something but I can not see how we can adapt something like volume control or temperature control and give it a symbol or text that the user understands.
In other words i do not see that COGA's needs are met. Until then people will need assisted living or live in help much earlier then they would otherwise becauseof these gaps.

Can you explain that use case if I am missing it?

All the best

Lisa Seeman

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---- On Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:16:43 +0200 Janina Sajka&lt;janina@rednote.net&gt; wrote ---- 

This is a Call for Consensus (CfC) to the Accessible Platform 
Architectures (APA) Working Group on our review of the TV Remote Control 
API specification as detailed below. 
I have endeavored to incorporate such API related comments as we've 
recieved on an earlier draft comment beginning at: 
&lt;Begin Draft Comment&gt; 
The Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group makes the 
following comments on the draft TV Control API specification at: 
We appreciate that an API for TV remote control could be utilized for 
enabling accessible alternative Web applications to provide radio and TV 
services to users with disabilities who may find it difficult or 
impossible to operate any user interface supplied with a particular 
hardware device. This is an inherent accessibility strength for any API 
that provides for sufficient feature support. Regretably, we believe the 
current TV Remote Control API as currently defined lacks required 
accessibility feature support. 
*    alternative media support 
We would draw your attention to the multiple alternative media formats 
that are used by persons with disabilities as set forth in our W3C Note 
publication: "Media Accessibility User Requirements (MAUR)" available 
Our reading of the Tv Control API draft finds no way for users to learn 
of the presence of any MAUR identified alternative media with any 
particular TV content, nor any means to request display of alternative 
content. This is a fundamental accessibility requirement on TV Controls 
and we believe it must be factored into this specification. 
*    Alternative Media on Second Screen Devices 
APA's predecessor Working Group, Protocols and Formats WG provided use 
cases and requirements to the Second Screen Working Group on how 
alternative media might be directed to second screen devices. We believe 
support for directing alternative video, audio, and/or text to secondary 
devices, as described in the MAUR, is a fundamental accessibility 
requirement on TV Controls and should be supported in this API. 
*    Legal Requirements 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. has explicit 
requirements on how alternative media are to be exposed to consumers. 
Developers should be flagged most especially on the requirement that 
captioning must be enableable by top level controls. These FCC 
requirements implement provisions of a U.S. law known as the 
"Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act" as 
explained by the FCC at: 
The FCC's regulations pertinent to this specification were published in 
December 2016 in the document: "Accessibility Requirements for 
Television and Set-Top Box Controls, Menus, and Program Guides" 
available at: 
PDF:        https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-1416A1.pdf 
MS-Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-1416A1.docx 
Also relevant is the document "Display of Captioning on Equipment Used 
to View Video Programming" available at: 
&lt;End Draft Comment&gt; 
This CfC is now open for objection, comment, as well as statements of 
support via email. Silence will be interpreted as support, though 
messages of support are certainly welcome. 
If you object to this proposed action, or have comments concerning this 
proposal, please respond by replying on list to this message no later 
than 23:59 (Midnight) Boston Time, Tuesday 28 February. 
Janina Sajka,    Phone:    +1.443.300.2200 
        Email:    janina@rednote.net 
Linux Foundation Fellow 
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:    http://a11y.org 
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) 
Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures    http://www.w3.org/wai/apa 
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