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Chapter 5

Poll: Page transcripts

This site has the functionality to add transcripts for the comic pages, but I've been neglecting that. But are they even needed currently?

No, I don't need them.
Yes, dialogues only.
Yes, describing everything on the page.

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someone (transfer from Disqus)

Great to see this back! Also I appreciate that the aliens are looking at the Earth with the South up. After all, they only had a 50% chance of using the same convention as we do...

As for transcripts... The main use for them as far as I'm concerned is that it allows to search for a specific page by the text used on them. So when trying to remember when a character said some specific phrase, it's quite useful.

Another use is that it makes the site more accessible, as people can use text-to-speech, or translation software.

On the other hand, it's quite a bunch of busy-work to fill all that text in in the first place; especially if you want to backfill the first four chapters!

So on the whole I guess I vote "yes, dialogue only".

JoB (transfer from Disqus)
After all, they only had a 50% chance of using the same convention as we do...

Actually, they probably have more than a 50% chance of using an orientation us humans also used at some time ... ;-)

Johannes (transfer from Disqus)

Lets fuckin go dude!!

JoB (transfer from Disqus)

Hmmmm, the poll is (mistakenly) assuming that "*I* don't need them" would automatically make me vote "no" ...
(I usually don't need them. There's webcomics where the author's transcript points out details and intended meanings I cannot deduce on my own from the graphics ...)


> Hmmmm, the poll is (mistakenly) assuming that "*I* don't need them" would automatically make me vote "no" ...

Then, vote "yes".

Stolen Moment (transfer from Disqus)

Welcome back! I see we're back on the Dawn. Cool!

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