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Bob Douglas

Engineer, Oracle Corporation

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Ted videos have closed captioning for the deaf.

I have recently gone deaf and rely upon CC to view videos. Please consider adding CC to all the videos as the Google translate does not work.


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    Dec 8 2011: Dear Bob,

    TED provides a full transcript of the talk, as Emily mentioned.

    But I would like to know, if this works well for deaf people or if you would prefer to have "real" subtitles (i.e. shorter sentences, easier to read, but not showing every word). I am asking this because we are having this discussion among the translators.

    Thank you.
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      Dec 8 2011: Katja,

      I speak for a very small portion of the deaf community. My hearing was lost at 50+. I prefer subtitles as much of the pertinent content is visual. Transcripts are great when in depth study is required. That being said your idea to shorten the subtitles is wonderful especially for those times the speaker is flying through the talk. When there are too many words it can be hard to follow and you can forget watching the video portion. If I may suggest one option to consider would be to offer a choice to proportionally slow down or even study pausing the video to accommodate the length of subtitles. I would prefer investing in spending a little more time than having to rewind or watch it twice.

      Thanks for your concern.
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      Dec 8 2011: Hi Katja,

      One more request. Would it be possible to either list the talks that are CC or include a small CC icon so that we don't have to go into the page and wait for the talk to start prior to learning that it's not available. I.e., Cheryl Hayashi talk.


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