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Re: -Accessibility a external content


From: Jerra Strong
Date: Apr 12, 2022 3:42PM


Great idea, and making it easier for creators to get their content
captioned would be great, though some are shy after having bad experiences
with the "community captions" on YT. I will say, a third-party vendor,
Amara, does do an interesting job of storing captions for YouTube videos
that can be viewed by subsequent users, and our organization has found
videos we were thinking about captioning professionally already had
captions stored in Amara. So it is bridging this gap somewhat. Figured I
would mention this if you hadn't heard about it.

On Thu, Mar 31, 2022 at 5:47 AM Tom Livingston < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> I may be way off base here as I am just getting into the weeds with a
> lot of this but would requesting a VPAT from the third-party be of
> benefit? Either as documentation for you or even prompting the third
> party to care more?
> >
> > Christopher,
> >
> > I too have had little success with reaching out to the owners of other
> YouTube channels for the same goals.
> >
> > In my ideal accessibility world, once professional captions had been
> made for a video hosted on YouTube there should be a mechanism to get those
> associated with the video. I can see no good reason why captions done by
> 3Play Media, AST or others of that caliber would not then get linked so
> that all subsequent viewers of that video could have a more accessible
> experience.
> >
> > My attempts to have that conversation with 3Play Media got a reply at
> Accessing Higher Ground along the lines of "YouTube wants to honor the
> artistic blah, blah, blah of their users integrity, more blah, blah, blah."
> >
> > So I tried to find a real human associated with YouTube accessibility,
> which was like finding a unicorn. And again through a few channels
> suggested this idea of having some means of telling a channel owner, "Hi.
> Professional closed captions have been created for your video. Would you
> like to toggle those as the default? There is no charge to you and this
> will lead to a more accessible experience for your viewers and it will aid
> search engines in finding your content." The person I reached at YouTube
> through a computer scientist he knows got no interest in pursuing this.
> >
> > Instead we in higher education and elsewhere probably pay to caption the
> same videos on other people's channels again and again and play those
> through skins to give our users access, the caption firms make more money,
> and the YouTube accessibility experience is not as good as it could be.
> >
> > I'll step off of my soapbox for now but haven't given up on this idea.
> >
> > Doug Hayman
> > IT Accessibility Coordinator
> > Information Technology
> > Olympic College
> > (360) 475-7632
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> Tom Livingston | Senior Front End Developer | Media Logic |
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