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Issues of Bad Captions and Subtitles

It is important for deaf and hard of hearing people to access information via not just captions, but good quality captions – just as it is important for people with normal hearing to access information via good quality audio.

The article, Dancing on Ice angers deaf viewers with “bizarre” subtitles, discusses the issue of quality captions (“subtitles” is a term used in UK for “captions”) shown on British TV. It may be funny for a regular viewer to watch bad captions, but it is frustrating for those who have little or no access to audio and depend on accurate captions to get full access to information. Also, some errors may turn to be colorful language that is not appropriate for the younger audience to read.

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