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Re: automated tests of multimedia


From: Morin, Gary (NIH/OD) [E]
Date: Jul 29, 2015 7:20AM

Just as so many automated tools might tell us if an image on a website or in a document has an alt-text, I've yet to see such a tool tell us how *good* or meaningful the alt-text is. The same goes here with both captioning and audio-description. Even if the presence of either could be tested for, by an automated tool, how good the quality of the captioning or the audio-description could really only be done manually, by viewing and listening to the video or multimedia. At least, it seems to me.


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From: Karl Groves [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 3:59 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] automated tests of multimedia

One of the challenges with testing multimedia is that most of it can't
(couldn't) be reliably tested. Up until recently most players were Flash based. That's changed thanks to HTML5 and I'm betting you'll see multimedia testing soon. ;-)

On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:41 AM, < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I've been looking at many of the automated test suites, trying to find
> one that can do automated tests of multimedia: are the controls in
> this HTML 5 media player accessible; are there captions on this
> video; there appears to be an audio so a human should manually check for transcript.
> That kind of thing. I haven't found any of the automated tools that
> have that functionality. Am I missing some? Ideally I want something I
> can integrate into unittests, although I understand that a lot of
> accessibility testing is on the order of "hey developer, go check this
> and make sure it works!"
> Deborah Kaplan
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