[whatwg] Discussing WebSRT and alternatives/improvements

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 7 00:24:35 PDT 2010

On Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 1:50 AM, Philip Jägenstedt <philipj at opera.com> wrote:

> Snipping liberally...
> On Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:01:47 +0200, Silvia Pfeiffer <
> silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>  Note that the subtitling community has traditionally been using the Subrip
>> (srt) or SubViewer (sub) formats as a simple format and SubStation alpha
>> (ssa/ass) as the comprehensive format. Aegisub, the successor of
>> SubStation
>> Alpha, is still the most popular subtitling software and ASS is the
>> currently dominant format. However, even this community is right now
>> developing a new format called AS6. This shows that the subtitling
>> community
>> also hasn't really converged on a "best" format yet.
> Maybe it's just me, but I've very rarely seen ASS in the wild. In fact,
> almost all fansubbed videos I've seen were hardsubbed (subtitles encoded as
> part of the video), presumably because the subbers thought their choice of
> font and colors was really important. Perhaps they were still using ASS or
> similar to author the subtitles, I don't know. (In my own limited fansubbing
> efforts, SRT was quite sufficient.)

Actually, many of the subtitles on http://www.opensubtitles.org/ are in .ssa
format. It's not dominant next to .sub and .srt, but it's the one more
complex format that is used and very actively supported in Matroska.

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