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Transcript vs. Caption


From: Patrick Burke
Date: Dec 18, 2014 1:03PM

>Hi all,

We want to doublecheck our understanding of alternate content for
media (Guideline 1.2).

It appears that a transcript ("text alternative for time-based media)
is sufficient if the content is audio-only or video-only, under
section 1.2.1. Otherwise, captions/audio descriptions are necessary
(1.2.2 & others).

Are there multimedia situations ("synchronized media") where a
transcript is an acceptable alternative? It looks like static text is
ok, but only in specialized tech environments (such as a Silverlight window).

We're preparing a report & want to strongly encourage captions,
rather than transcripts. But we are wondering for example about low
vision users who might prefer to work with static text. So we're
trying to figure out if there are situations where WCAG (Techniques)
recommend a transcript as a preferred method for the equivalent
content. Or require *both* transcript & captioning.

Thanks very much for any assistance,

Patrick J. Burke

UCLA Disabilities &
Computing Program

Phone: 310 206-6004
Location: 4909 Math Science

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