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Re: accessible youtube player that has a "show captions" option


From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Date: Aug 26, 2011 9:27AM


The last I heard, the problem is that YouTube does not offer access to closed captioning features through its API. So, if you build an improved interface for keyboard operation, you lose the captions.

Very frustrating!


Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology &
Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502  fax 617-626-4516

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Subject: [WebAIM] accessible youtube player that has a "show captions" option

hey all,

I am working on a site which will be hosting a bunch of youtube movies.
They will be captioned and transcribed.

The problem is that the youtube player is not keyboard accessible and I haven't been able to find one that lets me access the "cc" link to show the captions.

If I enter this movie

into the easy youtube player

I can't get at the captions. If I embed the youtube player I can use my mouse to click on the captions but I can't tab to the player.

Is there a keyboard accessible player out there that can be embedded in a page that has access to captions?