Jamie contacted Rosaline Crawford, the director of the National Association of the Deaf's law and advocacy center to get clarification on how HR 3101 would have applied in this situation. Rosaline's response was that "H.R. 3101 was not intended to fill the gap that has appeared between YouTube videos and the iPad." However, there is the hope that if HR 3101 passes, the fact captions would be required for TV on the Internet would "encourage" the availability of captions on other video formats and platforms.
So, we were wrong. HR 3101 would not have guaranteed that we would not be left out from the start when products like the iPad were launched. For that kind of protection we would need ANOTHER law.
It is known that HTML 5 is still being worked on by the W3C as seen by a comment in the previous post. It is not known when it will be finalized.
Accessibility/HTML5 captions v2
Fortunately, HTML 5 uses easily-found and used subtitling utilities like Subtitle Workshop, SubStation Alpha, and Aegisub.
Join Caption Action 2!
Help ensure that the new Facebook Twilight Series has captions, and help get Starz to caption its YouTube channel! Join Caption Action 2 on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/captionaction2!