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Re: Guidance on audio description of visual information [was: Audio description in WCAG 2.1 AA success criterion 1.2.5 ]


From: Shawn Henry
Date: Apr 23, 2021 9:28PM

This resource describes (pun intended) WCAG requirements and "best practices" beyond requirements:
Audio Description of Visual Information -- in Making Audio and Video Media Accessible

It includes several different options for providing description of visual information based on the situation -- e.g., existing video without space in the audio to add audio description of important visuals.

It also links to important guidance for new videos:
Plan for audio description of visual information

Hope this information helps!

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On 23-Apr-21 3:29 AM, Mark Magennis wrote:
> Another option is the approach we take at Skillsoft with our Percipio eLearning product where we have built functionality into the player to pause the video while audio description (AD) is being read. There is only one version of the video and it has the AD embedded in it. There is a button in the player toolbar to turn the AD on and OFF. We had to do this because most of our videos have audio description but there is never enough gap to insert AD into the audio track and we didn't want to have to host and serve up two versions of every video.
> Mark
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> Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [WebAIM] Audio description in WCAG 2.1 AA success criterion 1.2.5
> Going to add here that re-recording (i.e. actually shooting more footage
> etc) is not the only option. While cumbersome, you can also create a separate version where you pause / freeze-frame the existing audio/video and *create* those gaps for the AD.
> P
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