[Accessibility] 03/30 Open A11y meeting minutes

Pete Brunet pete at a11ysoft.com
Mon Apr 12 15:30:02 PDT 2010

Thanks Peter.  TDDs are real time devices.  Are TDDs being phased out? 
That would make sense with the availability of mobile devices, iPads,
netbooks, and laptops.

Peter Korn wrote:
> Pete,
> Real-time-text does not refer to human-speech-to-ASCII/UNICODE-text. 
> Rather, it refers to two people communicating via text, each typically
> entering text from some flavor of keyboard, with their keystrokes
> being transmitted "in real time" as they are entered.  Rather than
> only being transmitted after pressing a SEND key equivalent (e.g.
> <CR>).  This is seen as particularly important for E911 services,
> where someone might not be in a position to say everything and then
> press SEND.
> You could certainly hook up a dictation system to this, but that would
> be an additional layer on top of the ANPRM RTT requirement, not a part
> of it.  At least as I understand the ANPRM.
> Regards,
> Peter Korn
> Accessibility Principal
> Oracle
>> Regarding the minutes, regarding the following:
>> PK: ... The refresh adds a bunch of new rules. One of the notable
>> additions is real-time text for the deaf and a much more significant
>> effort on the deaf and on communication technologies
>> PB: On the speech reco angle, did they talk about whether it was good
>> enough for what we want to do?
>> PK: I don't remember any mention of speech recognition. The NRPM says
>> at a high level that someone without hands needs to be able to use
>> your app. Doesn't specifically mention speech recognition. Apps that
>> support audio and video chat must also support real-time text.
>> This is an accurate representation of the exchange during the
>> meeting, but what I really was asking is, in the case where speech
>> reco might be used to transcribe speech, will the current (or near
>> in) state of the art of speech reco technology be able to provide
>> acceptable real-time text, considering the challenge of large
>> vocabularies, speaker independence, the variety of speakers, and
>> conversational speech?  Or do the requirements allow for the use of
>> real time human transcribers (either local or remote)?
>> -- 
>> *Pete Brunet*
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