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Re: Sign language video alternative

From: <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:09:08 -0500 (EST)
To: Terrill Bennett <list.w3c@spam-message.com>
cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.1202201305470.30501@cygnus.smart.net>


is this an instructional video??
in which case a visible caption would defeat the purpose.

is this something that is intended to be used in an instructional setting 
or is this person demonstrating something.
again visible captions would be counter productive

however if it is intended to be informational then it probably should not 
only be open captioned it should have some form of alt text with the 
transcript of what is being said. (translated from sign grammer into 
correct language)


On Mon, 20 Feb 2012, Terrill Bennett wrote:

> Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:52:26 -0500
> From: Terrill Bennett <list.w3c@spam-message.com>
> To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Subject: Re: Sign language video alternative
> Resent-Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:53:11 +0000
> Resent-From: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>>> 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 -- 
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