Microsoft Teams offers a sign language display

Microsoft has just unveiled a new accessibility-related feature for its Microsoft Teams video conferencing application. The latter – which is now available – actually allows you to have a view dedicated to sign language.

More accessible remote meetings!

The Redmond company therefore intends to help the deaf/hard of hearing, interpreters and other people who use sign language. For this, a dedicated display will allow you prioritize up to two other videos of the participants so that they remain visible – no matter what happens – and come position in a uniform place throughout the meeting.

As with any new feature addition, Microsoft insists on preparatory work, testing and user feedback/requests. This option is thus presented as a first step before other accessibility-focused changes.

Among these, it will be a question ofembed video streams from artists and other signers to always be readable and fluent. It is also a matter of ensuring that these are of the appropriate shape and size to be visible, to have up to two other signatories during each meeting, and simplify meeting configurations -like attaching interpreters and turning on captions at the start of each meeting.

Microsoft Teams offers a sign language display

For this, when the sign language display is activated, the hierarchical video streams are displayed automatically, respecting the ratio and quality of the stream. This parameter can be enabled or disabled, and has no effect on what other participants (who do not enable it) see. In addition, this view can be activated on the fly during each meeting or be visible at all times. Finally, note that for the sake of clarity, the video streams of the designated people will remain visible in the center of the stage as long as their video is activated.

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