I’m questioning the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guideline 1.0 on captioning when it comes to “talking head” videos. I think the transcript of the video in XHTML format is more useful than the caption. In fact, I think captioning conflicts with the guideline to make sure users have control of time-based multimedia. Ever tried to read the captions flying by on the screen? Talk about a time sensitive flow of information!
Friday, I had the pleasure of experiencing “The Incredibles” at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. In addition to a theatre full of accessibility compadres, free food and drinks (thanks Knowbility & IBM), we were given the opportunity to experience the movie fully captioned and with live audio descriptions. I think it is so cool that Austin has theatres that provide this service.
I can’t wait for tomorrow! Accessibility University begins! There is nothing quite like a campus full of web developers learning about web standards and accessibility. Add to that mix, a delicious array of accessibility experts and you’ll understand why this ubergeek is counting down the hours. …
Do I have an opportunity for you! A 2 day Accessibility Conference right here in Austin, Texas. Many national accessibility experts and authors will be there including Sharron Rush, Jim Thatcher, Jim Allen, Dr. John Slatin, Bob Regan (The accessibility expert at Macromedia!) and more. Rumor is Derek Featherstone may be a guest instructor from Canada as well!