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W3C Receives an Emmy Award for Contributions to Online Captioning


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global web-standards organization, accepted an Emmy Award earlier this month for its work developing standards to make video content more accessible on the web with text captioning and subtitling. In the category of “Standardization and Pioneering Development of Non-live Broadcast Captioning,” the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized W3C’s development of Timed Text Markup Language (TTML).

“W3C is thrilled to receive a 2016 Emmy Award in recognition of technologies that support an important part of our mission to bring the full potential of the World Wide Web to everyone, whatever their disability, culture, language, device or network infrastructure,” said W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe

W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative, with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, first introduced the standards of TTML in November of 2010; standards that ensure the deaf and hard of hearing are able to access multimedia on the web through captions or subtitles. In recent years with the advancing features of traditional media and the Web, the technology has been refined and a public working draft of “TTML2” was published in February of 2015 by W3C’s Timed Text Working Group.

The W3C was founded in 1994 by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where it still currently resides. It has been their mission to develop the principles of an interoperable and accessible Web for anyone, on any device.

Other honorees in this category include Netflix, HBO, Telestream, and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), all of which utilize W3C’s Timed Text Markup Language.