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Valerieinto 21:04, 16 July 2007 (UTC)

I think it's dubious to be providing bare links to Ryerson's CLT research without setting up an entire section on research in general. It's especially dubious given the scarcity of published research from CLT. (It exists, but it's obscure and there isn't a lot of it. Nor does the article link to it.) – joeclark 19:52, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

State of the article[edit]

Apologies to Jsnyder42 over my assumption that the current version of this article was a copy/paste from somewhere else. I hope you'll understand, J (what is your first name?), that Wikipedia pages arriving fully-formed without an edit summary from an international expert on a subject is a very rare occurrence. While I have no doubt that the page is indeed your own work however, it does sound like a brochure. The following things are wrong with the current text:

POV language
One example:

Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, describers convey the visual image that is not fully accessible to a segment of the population and not fully realized by the rest of us—people who see but who may not observe.

This is not wrong per se, but it does set an improper tone for a wiki page. It is also written in quasi-first-person, assuming as it does that "we" are not visually impaired.
No references
Having been written by an authority doesn't itself make a page authoritative. It needs proper citations, which is one of the improvements I made to the page I submitted. Fixing this one should be easy. (There should also be section headings, while we're here.)
Advertising
Wikipedia is very strict about advertising, and rightly so.

Recently the Center for Learning Technology has launched a new free web based video description service at (http://www.livedescribe.com). Describers can download LiveDescribe, a free video description authoring tool and create video description for video files such as avi, mov and mp4. Once the descriptions are complete, the description can be uploaded with one click to livedescribe.com. Blind or low vision audience members can then download the descriptions and play them back with the LiveDescribe Player (http://www.livedescribe.com/wiki/download.php).

While the above para would be considered harmless enough on most websites it is quite beyond the pale here. This does not further anyone's understanding of Audio Description: it's a product recommendation. The Audio Description Project paras aren't much better.
Linkspam
There are way too many external links, and not simply because there aren't inline citations. The examples section is particularly superfluous, as just one example in the introductory paragraph will suffice. The Canadian telly ones are 404ing BTW.

Others might point to your potential conflict of interest, but personally I don't care much for that rule as long as the article is good. I hope you can better understand where I'm coming from now, J. --Tom Edwards (talk) 20:20, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Content donation that is relevant to this article[edit]

VocalEyes recently donated 40 recordings of audio descriptions of notable buildings in London. These can be found here https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_donated_by_VocalEyes Matthewcock (talk) 15:12, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

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Merger proposal[edit]

I propose that Descriptive Video Service be merged into Audio description. Descriptive Video Service refers to work done by the Media Access Group at WGBH, but it has pretty much become a generic trademark for audio description, so it doesn't make much sense to have two separate articles explain basically the same concept/service. SpongeSebastian (talk) 00:24, 19 February 2017 (UTC)


If merged, Audio description must be identified than more than Descriptive Video Service as this services is provided in live theater and live arts productions -- quite different than a description that is recorded or embedded in video. AudioReadingService (talk) 17:24, 9 June 2017 (UTC)