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Re: Audio Description on web site videos ?

From: Larry Goldberg <Larry_Goldberg@wgbh.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 09:40:59 -0400
To: "SHARPE, Ian" <Ian.SHARPE@cambridge.sema.slb.com>, Web Accessibility Initiative <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B9B5E1E6.C2DA%Larry_Goldberg@wgbh.org>

If produced by and/or for the federal government, its employees and/or the
general public, DVDs would be covered as well.

There are a few examples of DVDs with video description (as well as closed
captions) on the marketplace and a few with talking menus: from PBS Video -
"Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided," "Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in
the Whirlwind," and from Universal, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim
Carrey version). More are coming.

The access features were produced by WGBH's National Center for Accessible
Media. For more info, write me or access@wgbh.org

- Larry

> Can this legislation be invoked for the production of DVDs also then? I
> haven't been able to use any DVDs easily (but this isn't many) because you I
> have been presented with an on screen menu that I can read. An audible
> description would enable me to work out what's going on. Then all I need to
> do is work out how to select the appropriate option!!!!
> I have had discussion with others regarding DVD accessiblity and there does
> seem to be a lack of any standard approach. Some are good, some are bad and
> generally the players themselves are inadaquate.
> (I know this isn't strickly web related so apologies in advance for any
> stress this may cause anyone.)
> Cheers
> Ian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Larry Goldberg [mailto:Larry_Goldberg@wgbh.org]
> Sent: 23 September 2002 14:21
> To: lubow_scott@bah.com; Web Accessibility Initiative;
> 508@access-board.gov; Section 508
> Subject: Re: Audio Description on web site videos ?
> From our understanding (and authoring - we sat on the Access Board's
> EITAAC), we always expected that those uses are exactly what that provision
> was written for - so the answer to your question is yes.
> And it's not so hard - see may examples at ncam.wgbh.org/richmedia
> - Larry
>> Hi Everyone,
>> Sorry for the cross posting.  I know that audio descriptions are required
> for
>> multimedia and videos under standard (1194.24) (d) "All training and
>> informational video and multimedia productions that support the agency's
>> mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary
> for
>> the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described."
>> Does this provision also hold true for video's that run in a web page or
> cd
>> rom
>> in software such as media player, quick time, etc.?
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Scott

Larry Goldberg, Director
Media Access Group at WGBH
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