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Captions for Videos

Videos need accurate, timed captions that are not auto-generated.


Example of Standard in Action

The Distance Education Captioning and Transcript grant made available through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office supports live and asynchronous captioning and transcription as a means of enhancing the access of all students to distance education courses.

In order to be fully accessible to the maximum number of users, web multimedia should include both synchronized captions AND a descriptive transcript file.

Example of Issue

Captions are text versions of the spoken word presented within multimedia. Captions allow the content of web audio and video to be accessible to those who do not have access to audio. Though captioning is primarily intended for those with hearing impairment, it has also been found to be helpful for those who may not be fluent in the language in which the audio is presented or those who must watch a video in an environment where a soundtrack would disturb others e.g. a library.

video play with captions

Auto-generated captions that are available at sites such as YouTube contain inaccuracies and need to be edited to provide an equivalent learning experience for those with hearing impairments.

Locating the Issue in Your Course

You will want to look through your course for each instance of where you embedded a video.  In order to test whether each video contains accurate, timed captions try the following

  • Play the video
  • Turn on the close captioning functionality in the video player
  • Read the captions and watch the video confirming the accuracy of the captions displayed.

Resources to Align with Standard

  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) provides web accessibility solutions to individuals with disabilities. Links provided will give you information about how to select and create videos that are accessible for individuals with hearing impairments.

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