Text, Speech-to-text, and Captioning

February 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

Text is a vital word for all of us who advocate for inclusion of quality captioning (subtitles) universally. After all captions are “speech-to-text.”

The origin of the word text includes “context” and “texture” and “weave” and we like this. We love words. We who advocate for text as our language want to be included in the fabric of life – we want to weave our own days and lives.

From Webster’s online: Text: Middle English, from Anglo-French tiste, texte, from Medieval Latin textus, from Latin, texture, context, from texere to weave —

We want inclusion, participation, and giving back too. We are able. We need text. We look forward to the day, as soon as possible, when all places routinely include quality real time speech-to-text (without being asked).

Costs for this are not the main issue. Society pays for all sorts of things, new things, which many do not use or want. Why not include text also for all soon? We require it. It’s good for literacy, for learning languages, and can be translated into many other languages as needed (including translation into sign languages). Text is used by others with different communication needs, different hearing needs, and for all these other good reasons. Why is it not already everyplace we need it?



§ 3 Responses to Text, Speech-to-text, and Captioning

  • Tina says:

    I totally agree! Unfortunately British service providers often use cost as their ‘stumbling block’. It’s very frustrating. They need to see that increased accessibility will lead to increased revenues …. simples!

  • Liz says:

    I have found like Tina its always cost that’s used as an excuse. But like Tina says it will increase revenues. There is nothing hard about it.

    Its like how it is at the moment, we have captions at cinemas, but they don’t do it often enough, and when they do, you can bet its at a time that don’t suit you, like your at work for example.

    I always wait until dvd for a film I really want to see. But if captions at cinemas were put on more often, it gives me a choice to go to the cinema, instead of always buying a dvd.

  • MM says:

    Cost justification depends entirely on demand not on preference, not even on rights these days… the day when excessive costs are justified because a very very minor sector of people have a right to something is over in the UK. Use it or lose it is the norm here, as well as the UK government seriously considering opting OUT of the euro Human rights law. At present the technology for easy free speech to text for us on the street isn’t available.

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