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Auditory description visual track

From: Steve Vosloo <stevenvosloo@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 12:48:25 +0200
To: "WAI IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000a01c242b6$faee2f70$dee91ec4@theijunction.icelogic.co.za>

I have a question that relates to Priority 1 Checkpoint 1.3:

"1.3. Until user agents can automatically read aloud the text equivalent
of a visual track provide an auditory description of the important
information of the visual track of a multimedia presentation."

Our client has a whole bunch of Flash 5 movies on their site. I'm
suggesting to them to provide a detailed text description of each movie.
This is a temporary measure with the ultimate goal of making all their
movies accessible in Flash 6. Is this checkpoint saying that the text
description must be provided as an audio file too? Surely screen readers
will simply read the text and thereby provide the audio description?

The text is not necessarily meant to be synchronised, e.g. a description
could be "Animation of planets orbiting around the sun." Is there any
way around this issue? Is a Flash movie which contains quizzes regarded
as a multimedia presentation?


Steve Vosloo
Division Manager
Usability Junction

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