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Re: YouTube caption fonts


From: Jim Allan
Date: May 27, 2009 3:50PM

A great feature.
I tested with IE8, I can tab to the video, and access/operate all controls
EXCEPT the caption button to turn on/off or select languages. When any of
the buttons has focus the = and - keys also function to increase/decrease
the size of the captions.

Also tested with FF3. No keyboard access to the video. A known bug.

Anyone been able to get to the CC button with the keyboard in IE8?

Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator & Webmaster
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315 fax: 512.206.9264 http://www.tsbvi.edu/
"We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Terrill Thompson
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:51 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: [WebAIM] YouTube caption fonts

Anyone adding captions to YouTube videos? YouTube's video that they used to
launch this feature has a really large font:


I know the user can increase font size with the + key (after clicking on the
media player to give it focus). However, this particular YouTube video has a
larger default font than any others I've seen, and when if I increase it to
+3 (the maximum allowed), that is larger than +3 on other captioned videos.

I've tried a larger value for [size] in the [subtitle] section of my
subViewer file, as documented here:

However, that has no effect.


Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Accessible Technology
UW Technology Services
University of Washington