The mission of the Timed Text Working Group is to develop W3C Recommendations for media online captioning by developing and maintaining new versions of the Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) and WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks) based on implementation experience and interoperability feedback, and the creation of semantic mappings between those languages.
The W3C TTWG was rewarded with a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for its Timed Text Mark-up Language (TTML1) in category "Standardization and Pioneering Development of Non-Live Broadband Captioning", on 08th January 2016 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Timed text WG activitiesRefer to the TTWG wiki to learn more about the TTWG Working group Efforts and Specifications, Documentations, Implementations experience, meetings and F2F meetings.
Introduction to Captioning Formats, TTML derivatives and WebVTT formats.
Timed Text Registry
See the publication dashboard.
Timed Text Issues Tracker
see the TTWG Dashboard issues/pull requests from github.
For TTML, we worked on a test suite:
- the set of tests (zip file).
- the coverage report of the test suite.
- the implementation spreadsheet.
- the Web framework to test existing presentation implementations in your Web browser.
- the CVS repository where everything comes from.
For WebVTT, the test suite is part of web-platform-tests.
Technical discussion takes place on the Working Group discussion list, email@example.com (archive). This is a public mailing list; to subscribe to the public-tt mailing list, please check the subscription procedure.
How to join the group
This group operates under the W3C Patent Policy, which ensures that specifications published by the group can be implemented on a royalty-free (RF) basis. To record agreement from all participants with that W3C Patent Policy, joining the group involves completing several steps:
- If you're affiliated with a W3C member organization
- Subject to approval from the Working Group Chairs and Team Contacts, we also accept Invited Experts.
When you join, you will be added to public-tt, the publicly archived mailing-list for the group.