[Athen] Camtasia Studio 4 and Captions

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Sat Mar 3 12:22:26 PST 2007

I totally agree with you Terry - Many students with visual perceptual
difficulties such as those encountered by students with specific learning
difficulties including dyslexia often complain about distracting backgrounds
when trying to read text.

I am on holiday at the moment but with easier access to the web I am sure I
could find some research papers on the subject.

Best Wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Assistive Technologist
Mobile: 07976 289103

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Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 1:30 AM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: [Athen] Camtasia Studio 4 and Captions

Hi All,

I'm currently participating in a discussion with TechSmith, makers of
Camtasia 4, about their method for delivering closed captions in Flash. For
those who haven't seen it, here's a sample:

My position is that displaying captions in a semi-transparent overlay, with
stuff happening underneath, makes the captions difficult to read. Their
position (truncated and paraphrased) is that it's an efficient use of
valuable screen real estate, "designed to allow the text to stand out while
still allowing you to see what's going on underneath the overlay"

What do you all think? If you agree with my position, I'd appreciate some
convincing arguments that I can pass on to TechSmith. (Or if you disagree
with me, that's ok too)

Or if you'd rather participate directly the discussion, it's here:

(note that it's currently 2 pages and growing - see both pages for the full


Terry Thompson
Technology Specialist, DO-IT
University of Washington
tft at u.washington.edu

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