Re: <smil> SAMI Closed Captions are now available for your review (fwd)

I don't believe SAMI is a W3C standard.  SAMI I belive is a proprietary
standard of Microsoft and the W3C from my understanding does not comment on
proprietary standards.  If some one from Microsoft or anywhere else has any
other information, please post to the list.  This same issue came up with
accessibility APIs.  

At 07:19 AM 8/21/98 -0400, David Poehlman wrote:
>should we include this?
>I think this is what was promised.
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>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 04:10:28 -0500
>From: David Bolnick <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: SAMI Closed Captions are now available for your review
>SAMI Article #1:
>With the recent release of Windows Media Player came SAMI captions. SAMI,
>Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange, is a single authoring format for
>captions and audio descriptions.  This article and set of demos focus on
>captioning. There will be subsequent articles on audio description (see list
>SAMI Overview article:
>******* Please review the following before you download any SAMI
>SAMI Format article:
>There has been much confusion about the role of SAMI vs. the role of SMIL.
>The two are quite different though they use similar techniques to accomplish
>their goals. SMIL is a set of XML based elements used for presenting and
>positioning synchronized components of a multimedia presentation. On the
>other hand, SAMI is an authoring format solely designed to deliver
>synchronized captions and audio description. SAMI has been designed to
>provide multiple language and style support. The latter is critical for
>accessibility. That is, if the user is unable to read the captions due to a
>visual impairment then we can question whether we have provided captions to
>that user. Thus, SAMI supports multiple styles so the caption author can
>provide, in addition to a standard font, several varieties of large print or
>color combinations for the user to select from. Furthermore, SAMI introduces
>an optional Source ID line that continuously displays the source of the
>sound. This is valuable for many dyslexics and people with short-term memory
>loss (those, like myself, over 40). 
>Future articles:
>* Using SAMI for Closed Captions on the Web (mid September)
>* SAMI Support of Audio Description (mid October)
>* SAMI as an authoring format for EIA608, EIA708, DVD, and Web encoding -
>full SAMI spec (mid November)
>* SAMI Caption Authoring Tool (mid December)
>We are currently working on version 2 of Windows Media Player's SAMI
>support. Please send your suggestions directly to me. 
>David A. Bolnick
>Accessibility Program Manager: Multimedia, Telecommunications
>Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA  98052
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