February 16, 2011 Video Description Survey 2011 - Text-to-Speech Preferences IBM Research-Japan and WGBH's Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are conducting a joint study on the applicability of speech synthesis for video description. This is the second survey we are conducting as part of this study to solicit reactions to the use of synthesized speech to deliver descriptions of informational Web content. This study will ask you to evaluate different options for text-to-speech (TTS) description placement, content, length and speed. Though we are conducting this study, WGBH does not intend to substitute synthesized speech for human voices on the programs and movies we currently describe. Rather, we are focusing on the potential of using TTS technologies to increase the overall amount of described Web-based media. The survey, accessible via screen-reading software, should take 45-60 minutes. We are eager to hear your opinions, and are grateful for your time and assistance. The survey is posted at this site: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/461112/3i40b Best, Mary -- Mary Watkins Director of Communications and Outreach Media Access Group at WGBH One Guest Street Boston, MA 02135 617 300-3700 mary_watkins@xxxxxxxx access.wgbh.org Follow the Media Access Group on Facebook and Twitter (@AccessWGBH) WGBH Boston informs, inspires, and entertains millions through public broadcasting, the Web, educational multimedia, and access services for people with disabilities. Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.