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Re: Videos (1.2.3)


From: Jared Smith
Date: Jun 26, 2012 7:16PM

On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM, David Ashleydale wrote:
> "Other criteria under 1.2 will cover deaf users. for instance 1.2.2 and
> 1.2.4"
> Okay, that makes sense. I guess I was thinking that there might be some
> users with hearing disabilities that can't use captions, but could use
> transcripts.

As you note, 1.2.3 requires either a descriptive transcript or audio
description. The intention is for users with visual disabilities. If
audio descriptions are provided or if the video does not require audio
descriptions (such as a talking head video), then you don't need to
provide a transcript at all until SC 1.2.8 at Level AAA.

As you note, many users could benefit from transcripts. I think this
WCAG structuring could result in less-than-optimal accessibility for
many users, particularly those who are deaf-blind who can only get
media accessibility via transcripts. I wrote about this in more detail
at http://webaim.org/blog/wcag-next/