On Wed, 2006-03-22 at 12:51 +0200, Ofir Carny wrote: > I think transcribing is important, not only for human accessibility > purposes, but also for software accessibility (e.g. translation > services, web crawlers) which adds a lot of functionality. And I think > that any software that can ease this process is a good thing.
On Tue, 2006-03-21 at 22:04 +0200, Daniel Vainsencher wrote: > I think searchability is an additional benefit for the general public. Ofir and Daniel, thanks a lot for this suggestion! Everyone else: 1. Please continue to brainstorm more ideas how textual transcripts can be useful for the general population, not only for the deaf. So far we have: - Much shorter files, faster to download. - Ability to speed-read by busy people. - Searchability (when one looks for a particular passage in the lecture). - Web crawling for Web search engines. - Ability to use Babelfish & Co. to translate into another language. 2. All Lecture club Webmasters (HAIFUX, TELUX, BIUX, Jerusalem, Perl, Python, etc.), please: In the Web page which features the lecture recording audio files, please add request to help in transcribing parts into text, citing the above non-deaf-related benefits. Suggest to start with marking the times where new sections start and adding section headings (with the relevant keywords). This would not very useful for me and other deaf persons, but would provide 80% of the benefit of full transcription to you busy and fun-loving hearies, with less than 20% of the effort; and then maybe some people can be motivated to fill in whole sections. For now, the transcription process can be supported by Wiki with time marks, like the way Larry Wall's lecture's transcription process is being carried out. > BTW, I'm curious, are video recordings of lectures lip-readable? Not more or less than lipreadability of talking head type TV programs. Their lipreadability is well known to be inadequate, so subtitles (captions) are always needed. > Daniel > > Omer Zak wrote: > > >How about looking for, and listing benefits from textual transcripts, > >which people with normal hearing may get. > >For example: > >- Much shorter files, faster to download. > >- Ability to speed-read by busy people. > >- Maybe other benefits, which occur to the creative minds so abundant > >among Hamakor members? > > > >This is another approach to solving the problem of justifying the effort > >of transcribing lectures. --- Omer -- Every good master plan involves building a time machine. Moshe Zadka My own blog is at http://tddpirate.livejournal.com/ My opinions, as expressed in this E-mail message, are mine alone. They do not represent the official policy of any organization with which I may be affiliated in any way. WARNING TO SPAMMERS: at http://www.zak.co.il/spamwarning.html --------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] For additional commands, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]