Re: [videoblogging] Digest Number 60

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At 02:14 PM 8/10/2004, you wrote:
>Truly accessible for who? If you mean f=
or hearies and for deafies,
>why? The vblogs would be targeted at deafies,=
not hearies. If you
>were an hearie who knew BSL, then no problem, but wh=
y should
>provision be made for hearies who don't know BSL? After all, the=
y
>don't always make provision for deafies, and that is something we've
>ha=
d to fight for years.

Sorry, I hadn't understood that your focus was on de=
af-to-deaf; I thought
it was about making more of what's available in vide=
o [originally targeted
at hearies] accessible to the deaf. (NB: Not thinki=
ng too clearly this week
– we've just had a death in the family. No, there=
will be no video blog
about that…)

>I don't agree that subtitling wil=
l be easier; for a lot of deafies
>whose first language is BSL, they can't =
understand written English,
>which is basically what subtitles are.

I unde=
rstood that as I read a subsequent post, thanks – I'm learning!

>I'm glad=
you brought up the issue of subtitles by the way,
>Deirdr=E9. We all know =
that many TV channels and most films are now
>subtitled (either at the cine=
ma, on VHS or DVD), but what about
>video streams on the internet? Broadca=
sting is regulated by various
>organistions, but as far as I know, the inte=
rnet isn't regulated at
>all, so how can you ensure that deafies are given =
complete access to
>this medium?

Probably no one can, just as no one can e=
nsure that all (text) websites are
accessible to the blind, although there=
are standards in place to do that,
and it's much easier technically to ma=
ke a text site work with
text-to-speech equipment for the blind, than it i=
s to add sign language.
Subtitling isn't easy, at least not now, but, as i=
n the point I was trying
to make before, it's a lot easier for the average=
video producer to add
subtitles than to find someone who can do sign lang=
uage interpretation for
us and add that to our video streams.

best reg=
ards,
Deirdr=E9 Straughan

http://www.straughan.com

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<font size=3D3>At 02:14 PM 8/10/2004, you wrote:<br>
<blockqu=
ote type=3Dcite class=3Dcite cite=3D"">Truly accessible for who? 
If y=
ou mean for hearies and for deafies, <br>
why?  The vblogs would be ta=
rgeted at deafies, not hearies.  If
you <br>
were an hearie who knew B=
SL, then no problem, but why should <br>
provision be made for hearies who =
don't know BSL?  After all, they
<br>
don't always make provision for =
deafies, and that is something we've
<br>
had to fight for years.</font></b=
lockquote><br>
Sorry, I hadn't understood that your focus was on deaf-to-de=
af; I thought
it was about making more of what's available in video [origin=
ally
targeted at hearies] accessible to the deaf. (NB: Not thinking too
cle=
arly this week – we've just had a death in the family. No, there will
be no=
video blog about that…)<br><br>
<br>
<blockquote type=3Dcite class=3Dcit=
e cite=3D""><font size=3D3>I don't agree that
subtitling will be easier; fo=
r a lot of deafies <br>
whose first language is BSL, they can't understand =
written English,
<br>
which is basically what subtitles are.</font></block=
quote><br>
I understood that as I read a subsequent post, thanks – I'm
lear=
ning!<br><br>
<br>
<blockquote type=3Dcite class=3Dcite cite=3D""><font siz=
e=3D3>I'm glad you
brought up the issue of subtitles by the way,<br>
Deirdr=
=E9. We all know that many TV channels and most films are now <br>
subtitle=
d (either at the cinema, on VHS or DVD), but what about <br>
video streams =
on the internet?  Broadcasting is regulated by various
<br>
organistio=
ns, but as far as I know, the internet isn't regulated at
<br>
all, so how=
can you ensure that deafies are given complete access to
<br>
this medium?=
</font></blockquote><br>
Probably no one can, just as no one can ensure th=
at all (text) websites
are accessible to the blind, although there are stan=
dards in place to do
that, and it's much easier technically to make a text =
site work with
text-to-speech equipment for the blind, than it is to add si=
gn language.
Subtitling isn't easy, at least not now, but, as in the point =
I was
trying to make before, it's a lot easier for the average video produc=
er
to add subtitles than to find someone who can do sign language
interpret=
ation for us and add that to our video streams.<br><br>
<br><br>
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<p></x-sigsep>
<font size=3D3>best regards,<br>
Deirdr=E9 Straughan<br><br>=

<a href=3D"http://www.straughan.com/" eudora=3D"autourl">http://www.straug=
han.com<br>
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