[opensource-dev] Open Viewer Development Announcement

Joel Foner joel.foner at gmail.com
Mon Aug 16 21:16:41 PDT 2010

Providing text transcription of voice speakers for the disabled, as well as
those who for various reasons cannot enable voice at the time, and for
capture of a text searchable archive of the whole event, is a solved
problem. Totally solved. It needs no figuring out or experimentation.

Real-time voice to text transcription by a person during the event, as well
as an after-the-fact voice recording to transcription can be done, and is
often done, in Second Life, in various presentation, discussion and meeting
contexts. It costs some real money, but not an outrageous amount for the
service provided, and this has been done inworld for years in various
settings, providing ample precedent for the fact that this approach "just
works" just fine in Second Life.

The only reason not to provide text transcription is cost. The ability to do
so is not new technology, and it does not slow down voice speakers, while
resulting in a comprehensive after the fact text transcript and a real-time
transcription of voice-only speakers for those with disabilities or those
who are not disabled and cannot enable voice in their current environment
(for instance some at work cannot enable speakers or wear headphones for
various reasons).

There are inworld transcriptionists who are skilled at capturing real-time
conversation to text. They do a fine job of capturing the concepts - leaving
the detailed high accuracy transcription for after the fact transcription
services. There are a variety (hundreds, perhaps thousands) of companies
found on the web that specialize in recorded voice to text transcription
services, some of whom already work in Second Life. The after-the-fact
transcriptionist firms do not need to have Second Life experience, as they
are working from a voice recording, although it is helpful if they have some
domain understanding of the discussion content.

If this is a priority item such that paying the going rates for said
services is agreed, the issue can be solved in the immediate time frame to
everyone's satisfaction.


Joel (with an attempt at a constructive and solution-directed comment)

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM, Tateru Nino <tateru.nino at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 17/08/2010 4:56 AM, Oz Linden (Scott Lawrence) wrote:
>  Will try to come, hoping it's not going to be one of those voice meetings
> where non-English people like me can't speak well enough neither understand
> what is being said...
> This meeting will include voice because it's so time consuming to do
> everything in chat.  We will have someone putting the important points into
> chat as much as possible, and will certainly respond to questions in chat.
> For anyone who wants to have a separate chat-only meeting at another time,
> I'll be glad to set that up.
>  Actually, I was thinking about the Americans With Disabilities Act,
> personally. Especially as the anniversary of the Act has just been by.
> Unless text, you know, clearly represents an "unreasonable burden".
> --
> Tateru Ninohttp://dwellonit.taterunino.net/
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