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Re: Sign language video alternative

From: Terrill Bennett <list.w3c@spam-message.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:52:26 -0500
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20120220165241.E5B1D67C073@homiemail-a74.g.dreamhost.com>

>>I have a short video where you just see a deaf person say something 
>>in sign language.

Rhetorical question: Which sign language?

Practically every country in the world has a different sign language. 
Within the United States, there are several used by the deaf (e.g. 
American Sign Language vs Pigeon Signed English). Which leads us to...

>Providing captions won't help blind users

Captions probably won't help blind people. But assuming deaf people 
wouldn't benefit from closed captions isn't a safe assumption. 
Captions could be invaluable to deaf people trying to learn the sign 
language being used in the video. For example, there are numerous 
deaf people who grew-up using the local spoken language (e.g. 
English), but who now wish to learn sign language (e.g. ASL).

-- Terrill -- 
Received on Monday, 20 February 2012 16:53:08 UTC

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