[Athen] correct terminology -- audio description or video description

Jennifer Sutton jsuttondc at gmail.com
Tue May 2 19:14:04 PDT 2017

Greetings, ATHEN list folks (along with a few others I've bcc-ed):

I'm sorting through my resources, and I'm confused about what the
correct term is for adding audio to videos to help explain visual
elements for blind people.

I know that we initially called it "audio description," but I had in
mind that the term was shifting to "video description" since that
describes better what it is, at least to a degree.

At the same time, I still see current articles and sites calling it
"audio description."

Does anyone have the definitive "scoop?"

I'd welcome links/citations in support of responses.

Is this, perhaps, one of these situations where we might *like* the term
to change, but the term "audio description" is so prevalent that
progress is slow?

Are there legal ramifications, i.e. maybe some state laws refer to it in
different ways?

Thanks in advance. I'm updating some things, and I'd like to get it right.

If it doesn't matter/they're now considered simply synonymous, I'd like
to know that, too.



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