Media Accessibility For The Web

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Media Accessibility for the Web
Central TxDLA Meeting
January 29, 2008

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Media Accessibility For The Web

  1. 1. Central TxDLA Meeting, January 29, 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>Captioning benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-Language </li></ul><ul><li>Formats </li></ul><ul><li>Players and Tools </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Full service captioning company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhino Moon Captioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project readOn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote accessibility: information resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with you to deliver accessible media </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Reach a wider audience (up to 30 million US) </li></ul><ul><li>Legal compliance </li></ul><ul><li>ESL audience, and vice versa </li></ul><ul><li>Noisy environments, or devices with no sound </li></ul><ul><li>Increase comprehension of educational material </li></ul><ul><li>On the web: indexing and search </li></ul><ul><li>Transcript </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Captions can be provided in multiple languages </li></ul><ul><li>This can aid in learning a language, and can improve comprehension for ESL students </li></ul><ul><li>Captions vs subtitles? Captions usually convey sound effects, subtitles convey only spoken conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Various formats support more language fonts depending on encoding standards (various Unicode standards) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Media formats: </li></ul><ul><li>Flash (FLV) – Most portable and efficient, most options for accessibility. This is 80-90% of the media content on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>Quicktime – Some accessibility issues, issues with screen readers, can support captions </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Media – Middle of the road, supports captions and subtitles </li></ul><ul><li>Real Player – Supports caption text, subtitles, and overdub tracks, least popular media format </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>File Formats: </li></ul><ul><li>DFXP - W3C standard for Timed Text Authoring Format </li></ul><ul><li>SMIL – (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) W3c standard for XML markup for multimedia presentations </li></ul><ul><li>.SRT – Subtitle file format, YouTube’s officially supported format </li></ul><ul><li>SAMI – Microsoft format designed for caption playback on a PC </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Players: (all Flash players) </li></ul><ul><li>Project readOn Player (you host the FLV, we do the rest) </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube (they host everything, you upload .SRT in multiple languages) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Video (good, but going away soon) </li></ul><ul><li>JW Player (great player, most options available) </li></ul><ul><li>NCAM Flash Player (another good option) </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Plugin (requires development on your part) </li></ul><ul><li>Tools: </li></ul><ul><li>MAGpie (free software) </li></ul><ul><li>Subtitle Workshop (very flexible) </li></ul><ul><li>Overstream (online tool) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Q&A? </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact me directly for further discussion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John Erskine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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