W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-gl@w3.org > July to September 2017

RE: Question about 1.2.4 Captions (Live) (AA) and 1.2.9 Audio-only (Live) (AAA)

From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@levelaccess.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:51:39 +0000
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, "w3c-wai-gl@w3.org" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BY2PR0301MB208753227CFFF76823F9731AF1A00@BY2PR0301MB2087.namprd03.prod.outlook.com>
> AA to AAA. One way or another, there is currently a disparity in WCAG 2 that should really be resolved.

Speaking of disparity, there is no audio description requirement in WCAG 2 for live synchronized content nor video only even at level AAA.   In the US currently all television must be captioned but only 50 hours of audio description per quarter is required for new programing of the top 5 broadcast networks and top 5 cable networks (this will be going up to approximately 85 hours next year).  People who are blind or visually impaired I'm sure would like to see the same level of access as others.


Jonathan Avila
Chief Accessibility Officer
Level Access, inc. (formerly SSB BART Group, inc.)
703.637.8957 (Office)
Visit us online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Blog
Looking to boost your accessibility knowledge? Check out our free webinars!

The information contained in this transmission may be attorney privileged and/or confidential information intended for the use of the individual or entity named above. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick H. Lauke [mailto:redux@splintered.co.uk] 
Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:21 PM
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: Re: Question about 1.2.4 Captions (Live) (AA) and 1.2.9 Audio-only (Live) (AAA)

On 16/07/2017 22:12, David MacDonald wrote:
>  >> My understanding here is that since it's about captions, and 
> synchronized media, this does not apply to audio-only (live) content.
> It would be tough to get consensus from stakeholders on this... an 
> interesting problem. The stakeholders this would affect most might be 
> radio stations. In this case the internet is a broadcasting medium and 
> the page is being used in a way different from how we would have 
> conceived in the early 2000s when most of WCAG 2 was written. 
> Certainly at the time we could not have gotten consensus to require 
> stations to hire a full time captioning service. I expect there would 
> be a lot of claims of undue burden.
> I think we'll be facing some sever opposition if we make such a huge 
> increase in requirements in a dot version. In 5 years or so automatic 
> captioning might make this a lot less of a burden. I'd punt it and add 
> it to the Silver wish list.

Alternatively - with regards to undue burden and the rise of audio+video live streaming services (via YouTube, Twitch, etc) - 1.2.4 could be moved from AA to AAA. One way or another, there is currently a disparity in WCAG 2 that should really be resolved.

Patrick H. Lauke

www.splintered.co.uk | https://github.com/patrickhlauke http://flickr.com/photos/redux/ | http://redux.deviantart.com

twitter: @patrick_h_lauke | skype: patrick_h_lauke

Received on Monday, 17 July 2017 13:52:09 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.4.0 : Thursday, 24 March 2022 21:08:15 UTC