Re: W3C Web and TV Interest Group - Hello from Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

Dear Robert,
thanks for your interest and for introducing yourself to the list.

My name is Giuseppe and I'm one of the co-chair of this IG.

Accessibility was indeed a discussion topic during last Web & TV workshop  
in Berlin [1]. We had some interesting presentations and discussions.
We haven't had any follow-up after the workshop on this topic.

I was wondering if you have ever done (or would be willing to do) an  
analysis of what current web technologies are missing in order to be  
accessible, in the context of Web and TV. If you and other are interested  
in this topic, we could think about creating a new TF to come up with some  
concrete proposals that needs follow-up in W3C.

I want to point out that W3C (as you may know) already have an  
accessibility initiative [2] and we should of course try not to duplicate  
work. On the other end, people on this list may bring a slightly different  
perspective that could enrich the already very good work WAI groups are  

Looking forward to yours (and other people) comments on this.




On Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:56:32 +0200, Robert Pearson <>  

> Hello everyone,
> I'd like to introduce myself as we've just joined the mailing list.
> We are Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) and I am Robert Pearson, Director,  
> Accessible Digital Media.  We are a not-for-profit multimedia  
> organization operating two broadcast services, VoicePrint and The  
> Accessible Channel - TACtv, and a companion website (  
> in Canada.  Headquartered in Toronto, with offices across the county we  
> serve Canadians who are blind, low vision, deaf or hearing impaired  
> through these two unique services.
> *         TACtv is the world's only network to broadcast all programs  
> with open described video and closed captioning and broadcasts Hollywood  
> movies and popular TV shows.
> *         VoicePrint is the world's largest broadcast reading service  
> making local, national and international news and information  
> accessible. Daily, our 600 volunteers read and record current articles  
> from leading newspapers and magazines, which are broadcast on TV and  
> online.
> If you are in Canada, I encourage you to check out our services.  Each  
> has a designation of "must carry" status assigned by the Canadian  
> government and is thus available in every home with a  digital cable  
> subscription.
> We look forward to joining the discussion within this group as we  
> understand that accessibility has been one of your topics of focus and  
> it is of the upmost priority for us.  We have been working on a number  
> of initiatives under the topic of 'web and tv' and we look forward to  
> participating in your discussions in whatever capacity we may be able to  
> do so.
> If you have any questions about who we are and what we do, please don't  
> hesitate to contact me directly.
> I look forward to hearing from you.
> Regards,
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Giuseppe Pascale
TV & Connected Devices
Opera Software

Received on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 16:46:28 UTC