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Re: Classroom Media Playback accessibility


From: Laura Fathauer
Date: Aug 12, 2019 11:47AM

You're talking the different between open (burned-in) and closed (able to
be turned on and off) captioning. Most captions are closed; both are
accessible for deaf viewers, and WCAG does not specify a requirement for
open or closed. With closed, many media players offer font/color/size
customization. Open captions obviously cannot be customized by the media
player, as they get burned-in to the video itself.


On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 1:08 PM Laurie Kamrowski < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> I am also looking over W3C's multimedia accessibility FAQ
> https://www.w3.org/2008/06/video-notes#q1 but I am not seeing anything
> that
> states the media has to have the titles burned in. It's only requesting a
> transcript.
> On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 12:49 PM Laurie Kamrowski < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> wrote:
> > I tried to google this topic but I don't even know where to start. Any
> > suggestions would be appreciated.
> >
> > I work at a college and we are trying to ensure that we are accessible as
> > possible, not just meeting criteria. We currently have a media library of
> > various films, documentaries, etc... for viewing anywhere on campus, but
> we
> > were told that we had to have all titles with the subtitles burned into
> the
> > file themselves. That's not difficult for us, but if we do that - we can
> > only burn them in with one language, typically English. However, if we
> > don't burn the titles in directly, so that we can actively switch between
> > any language on the fly - we were told that this would fail accessibility
> > criteria. Like I said, we're trying to meet the needs of any and every
> > student that we can, and it seems counter intuitive to directly burn the
> > subtitles into the the playback.
> >
> > Thank you so much,
> >
> > Laurie Kamrowski
> > Mid Michigan College
> > http://www.midmich.edu
> >
> >
> > > > >