Responsive design for personalised subtitles

Chris J. Hughes (Lead / Corresponding author), Mike Armstrong (Lead / Corresponding author), Rhianne Jones (Lead / Corresponding author), Michael Crabb (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    The Internet has continued to evolve, becoming increasingly media rich. It is now a major platform for video content, which is available to a variety of users across a range of devices. Subtitles enhance this experience for many users. However, subtitling techniques are still based on early television systems, which impose limitations on font type, size and line length. These are no longer appropriate in the context of a modern web-based culture. In this paper we describe a new approach to displaying subtitles alongside the video content. This follows the responsive web design paradigm enabling subtitles to be formatted appropriately for different devices whilst respecting the requirements and preferences of the viewer. We present a prototype responsive video player, and report initial results from a study to evaluate the value perceived by regular subtitle users.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationW4A 2015 - 12th Web for All Conference
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    ISBN (Print)9781450333429
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event12th International Web for All Conference, W4A 2015 - Florence, Italy
    Duration: 18 May 201520 May 2015


    Conference12th International Web for All Conference, W4A 2015


    • Accessibility
    • Audio
    • Captions
    • Subtitles
    • Video
    • VOD
    • Web

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications


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