Hello and two questions

ref (ref@bga.com)
Mon, 29 Apr 1996 10:12:50 -0500 (CDT)


This is my first posting to this list. I am a statewide Director of
Programs for the Deaf in a state education agency, and the CU-Seeme
technology holds immense promise for this population, because deaf
persons communicate through a visual medium (i.e. sign language),
and because internet connectivity is spreading very rapidly across
our school systems at the student, instructional and administrative
levels.

In this context, the potential ramifications of CU-SeeMe technology
for the deaf are clearly apparent.

One of my responsibilites is to serve as a technology resource person
for our division, and to facilitate statewide initiatives using
communications technology. We are currently doing this via Web pages
and email mailing lists, and it is my desire to stay absolutely
up to date on the CU-SeeMe technology. That being said, I would like
to present a couple of questions to the list:

1. I keep hearing contradicting opinions about what kind of
connection is required to implement CU-SeeMe effectively. Some say
a regular 28.8b connection works fine. Others say that won't work,
you really need ISDN. Still others say ISDN is marginal, that you
need video cable connection. Others say it all depends on how many
windows (i.e., users) are running in your CU-SeeMe session.

Since school systems across the country (including mine!) are on
extremely tight budgets, connectivity costs are extremely relevant.
That's why I'm asking this question. There is a *lot* of difference,
costwise, between a 28.8 and an ISDN connection, especially when
you multiply it times a couple hundred school districts, many of
which already have 28.8 connections up and running. And I won't
even get into the costs of statewide video cable!

This is a critically important issue in this case, because it is
important for the hand movements of deaf sign language to be
acceptably smooth and recognizable, within cost restraints, if
that's possible at all.

I would sincerely appreciate any and all definitive information
or other feedback on this topic. Many thanks!

Ron Morgan
ref@bga.com