Work Package 1: Television & Broadcast Transmission
Work Package One is concerned with the deployment of virtual
human synthetic signing in broadcast television. Such signing
will supplement existing human sign transmission to enable
a far greater percentage of programmes to be signed. The Work
Package has two related aspects: the development and integration
of the appropriate technology, and the monitoring and establishment
of appropriate standards.
Work Package 2: Multimedia and WWW Applications
This Work Package will develop applications of virtual signing
aimed at the WWW, multimedia and third party software. An
Internet browser plug-in will be developed, which will allow
the viewing of text as signs. A version will be provided free
of charge to deaf users. Authoring tools will be developed
to allow deaf people to construct their own deaf signed web
||Work Package 3: Face-to-Face Transactions
This work package will develop applications of the virtual
human signing system to be used in face-to-face transactions,
such as post offices, health centres and hospitals, advice
services, and shops.
The scenario for these transactions will be a post-office.
The system to be developed will allow the counter clerk serving
the deaf customer to speak into a microphone and have his
or her speech translated into on-screen virtual human signing.
To improve the efficiency of the transactional system, it
will incorporate available technologies to "read"
limited signs from the deaf customer and translate these into
text (or speech) that the counter clerk can understand.