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Re: YouTube Accessibility


From: David Ashleydale
Date: Jun 26, 2013 4:03PM

Thanks, these are all super helpful comments!

Would you say, though, that if I post a video to YouTube, it is possible to
do so in a way that would be considered compliant with WCAG Level AA?


On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 7:55 AM, John E Brandt < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Ditto to the other comments. I might add that my most recent experience (a
> couple of months ago) has been that if you actually create a transcript
> file
> and upload it as the caption file for YouTube, then the "transcript"
> feature
> (as described) will appear. If you rely on the "automatic transcript"
> process, there will be no transcript.
> I believe you can export a text copy of the automatic transcript, edit this
> and then repost and it will all work. I think there is also now a way to
> edit the automatic transcript in the YouTube backend. Like everything
> Google, YouTube changes all the time and with little or no fanfare. Just
> when you think you know about something and how to use it, they change it.
> Glad to hear the HTML5 video player works well with some screen readers
> (does it work with all?). I have been going through the effort of creating
> an alternative video page by posting a second page using the accessible JW
> Player. See example: http://maine-aim.org/video/index.html
> ~j
> John E. Brandt
> jebswebs: accessible and universal design,
> development and consultation
> 207-622-7937
> Augusta, Maine, USA
> @jebswebs
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of David
> Ashleydale
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> Subject: [WebAIM] YouTube Accessibility
> Hi,
> Is YouTube generally considered to be an accessible place for video content
> these days? That is, if a video author was conscientious about
> accessibility
> -- created captions, made transcripts available, provided audio
> description
> tracks, etc. -- would YouTube be considered a good place to post videos in
> a
> way that people with disabilities would be able to use?
> I've definitely seen videos on YouTube that have captions, so I know that
> functionality is available. But I don't think I've ever seen links to
> transcripts or audio descriptions available. Of course, a video author
> could
> post a link to a transcript that is hosted elsewhere if YouTube can't host
> it.
> Or does YouTube not really have this down yet, and video authors would have
> to host accessible solutions themselves?
> Thanks,
> David
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