Monday, August 16, 2010

Internet Accessible Video Law

New legislation moving through Congress will make the Internet more accessible to people with disabilities. If passed, it will pressure consumer electronics companies to provide technology that's useful to those with vision or hearing loss, including making TV shows captioned online and remote controls would have a button that makes it easier to activate closed captioning. However, videos made and shared by average people through YouTube and Facebook wouldn't require captioning. The Consumer Electronics Association has dropped its opposition the the new rules saying it will take the issue on a case by case basis, agreeing that some technologies should be more inclusive. There is more information on this legislation in earlier posts.