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More Web for Deaf people

“Most developers don’t think about individuals who are deaf when they think of web accessibility. For too many developers, web accessibility consists of adhering to a few guidelines that ensure accessibility to screen readers for the blind. On one level, this is understandable. People who are blind will have the most trouble, since the web is a visual medium… or is it?”

“On a basic level, the web is information. That information can be presented visually or auditorily. It can be presented in graphics, video, audio, animation, or in text. Our most common experience with web content is what we view through the portal of our web browser, which generally consists of text and graphics, but the web is much more than this. Anyone who has ever used RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or Quicktime knows that these programs can play video content from the web.”

If you work on the net – blogging, designing websites, etc.- “you need to know in order to make web content accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. I hope that with increased understanding comes increased appreciation to such individuals, and an increased commitment to providing content that is accessible to them.”

“Video, audio, and multimedia content is becoming more and more common on the web. Video content is available on most major news web sites, even some local news web sites. Unfortunately for those who are deaf, captioned audio is still almost nonexistent on the web.”

“The tools to caption web video exist, and the concept of captioning has been around for decades. It’s just a matter of doing it.”

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