Jan 112010

Richard Haelen would like for you to check www.COATaccess.org — this is a website which is devoted to accessible technology for the disabled.

One of the biggest issues at COAT (Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology) is captioning on the Internet — you know with closed captions available on TV and movies, closed captions are NOT widely available on the Internet, hence this website. You may like to check this webpage:  http://www.coataccess.org/category/3/6

This is a throwback to our struggles to our fight for closed captions on TV shows some time ago — one may remember the final hurrah to read closed captions on “Dynasty” a popular TV series at that time.

The same is true for Netflix which is a nationwide (worldwide??) distribution center for DVD film rentals, streaming videos and TV episodes. Check this webpage: http://blog.netflix.com/2009/06/closed-captions-and-subtitles.html

If you are concerned about closed captions NOT being included on DVD films, streaming videos on the Internet (and conceivably pagers, cell phones and other mobile devices), open this link and sign the petition:  http://www.coataccess.org/node/add/petition

Richard Haelen and I are hoping you would investigate this, too.

Until next time … wfrick