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Re: Auto generated closed captions from YouTube videos and WCAG compliancy


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Aug 21, 2020 2:16AM

On 21/08/2020 08:43, Wing Kuet wrote:
> Does anyone have a view on whether the auto generated closed captions from YouTube videos meets WCAG compliancy for the success criteria1.2.2 Captions (Level A)?
> The reason I ask is because the auto generated closed captioning is not always accurate to what is actually spoken in the video. E.g. phonetic sounds from different languages are misinterpreted sometimes.

The criterion doesn't specify anything about accuracy - there's probably
an implicit intention that captions should be 100% accurate. But even
for human-generated captions, errors can slip through.

My personal take would be: if the Google autocaptions are completely and
utterly broken (very low accuracy rate), a hard fail under 1.2.2. If
there's the occasional word/sentence that's incorrect, I'd squeak that
through as a pass but note to the client that they really should spend
the time to clean up the autogenerated captions.

Patrick H. Lauke

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