Re: [106attendees] Accessibility for remote participants

Jared Mauch <> Wed, 20 November 2019 22:42 UTC

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> On Nov 20, 2019, at 5:17 PM, Salz, Rich <> wrote:
>>   The key thing for me is that we should be ensuring the conversations are happening on-list vs rapid-fire at a microphone.
> Hoping this doesn't start an endless thread about "should we meet at all", I'll just say I disagree because this starts down a slope.  Shall we ensure hallway conversations also happen on-list?
Interesting slope you picked :-)  (it’s important that the conversations happen, regardless of where but if we inadvertently speak too fast/otherwise it’s important to think about the receiver and not overrun them as well). I’d rather stick to the original topic here though.

I’ve been to other meetings that have live transcription which actually I find useful (as a native speaker) since I can look at the screen and catch things that I missed as well.

Some of the nature of our human-to-human communication makes it inaccessible, even to native speakers.  I do not believe any of this is intentional on the part of the speakers, the people conversing or otherwise.   If we believe that transcription of sessions is important for accessibility perhaps that’s something we should raise.  Perhaps not live, but if someone did request interpreter assistance, I presume the secretariat would be obliged to do so in several countries.

- Jared