This post was originally posted by James N. Shimabukuro on December 5, 2008 in the Innovate blog, which has since disappeared: see the Internet Archive version saved on December 11, 2008. It was then reposted automatically on the etcjournal.com blog, when the content of the Innovate blog was transfered to it. I am reposting it as it was, except that James N. Shimabukuro’s bolded titles are replaced by H4 title styles and the broken pictures have been removed or replaced
By Claude Almansi
First of all, thanks to:
- Jim Shimabukuro for having encouraged me to further examine captioning tools after my previous Making Web Multimedia Accessible Needn’t Be Boring post – this has been a great learning experience for me, Jim
- Michael Smolens, founder and CEO of DotSUB.com and Max Rozenoer, administrator of Overstream.net, for their permission to use screenshots of Overstream and DotSUB captioning windows, and for their answers to my questions.
- Roberto Ellero and Alessio Cartocci of the Webmultimediale.org project for their long patience in explaining multimedia accessibility issues and solutions to me.
- Gabriele Ghirlanda of UNITAS.ch for having tried the tools with a screen reader.
However, these persons are in no way responsible for possible mistakes in what follows.
Video captioning tools are similar in many aspects: see the screenshot of a captioning window at DotSUB:
[see http://terrillthompson.com/uploaded_images/dotsub-792095.jpg in Terrill Thompson’s Free Tools for Captioning YouTube Videos, Aug. 2, 2009]