Deaf and online videos

One thing I noticed while watching videos online (YouTube, MetaCafe, Google Video, etc) is that there is rarely any text accompanying the video. It isn’t much of an issue if it’s a prank video or a Japanese game show, but when there’s a lot of speaking parts, there’s rarely any captioning.
I wonder what hearing impaired people do. Do they have software that automatically close caption the audio? If not, they must feel left out.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

3 replies on “Deaf and online videos”

One of my biggest gripes with the whole “videoconferencing fad”. Sure, you can record a VC session, but the information saved in that video file is not accessible, searchable or in any way useful.
Maybe the Alberta government will get over it sooner or later. It sure is a good way to spend a lot of money though.

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