Tools for Captioning and Descriptive Video

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Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
By John M. Slatin,, Sharron Rush
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Appendix A.  Resources and Tools for Accessible Design


  1. MAGpie (Media Access Generator), at http://ncam.wgbh.org. Produced by the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH (PBS) in Boston, MA. Tool for producing closed captions, descriptive video, etc., and outputting files in multiple formats including QuickTime, RealPlayer, SMIL, and SAMI. Version 2.0 is currently in beta testing.

  2. Apple QuickTime Pro (widely available), at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/products/. Supports multiple tracks for video, audio, closed captioning, description, etc. Limitation of current version is that captions, etc., are all part of one QuickTime file and therefore not read by screen readers such as JAWS and Window-Eyes. Reportedly this will be solved in the next version, which will also provide better support for SMIL (see Chapter 14).

  3. Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL), at http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/. A W3C specification for coordinating synchronized display of multiple media tracks such as video, audio, captions, descriptions, etc. SMIL is an XML application. RealPlayer 8 Basic can play SMIL documents, allowing users to toggle audio descriptions and captions on and off.


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    Maximum Accessibility(c) Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
    Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
    ISBN: 0201774224
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2002
    Pages: 128

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