Accessible multimedia includes video or audio files that can be used by all people regardless of their ability to see, hear, or use a mouse. For this purpose visual content must be also heard, audio content must also be able to be read, and all controls and links should be available with the tab key.
Why should I make my multimedia accessible?
Accessible multimedia enhances your content in a variety of ways: It loads more quickly across a range of connection speeds, is optimized for search engines so your content can be discovered more easily, and it makes the content more useable for everyone.
⇒ “The video is not done until it is captioned.” –Terrill Thompson
WebTech recommends hosting all video on YouTube. For audio files or other multimedia hosting, placing it on your site will provide a good experience for all site visitors. Follow the instructions below to make your multimedia accessible.
Make your multimedia accessible!
- Provide transcripts for audio and video. Follow the great instructions provided by YouTube.
- Use our caption vendor:
- OR – Do it yourself:
- Deliver the content using an accessible media player, like AblePlayer.
Determine if existing video is accessible
If you have video embedded in your website please review the following list. If you are unsure of how to conduct the assessment please contact Web Help.
- Is the video captioned?
- Is there visual content that is not accessible if a person can’t see it (e.g., on-screen text, other unexplained visual information)? If so, is an audio description available? This is a sample VTT audio description file. Open it with a text editor.
- Can the player controls be operated with keyboard alone (using the tab key to navigate, and space or enter to click)?
- When you hover over the controls, are the names of those controls exposed in a tooltip? (this is important so speech recognition users know what voice commands they can use to operate the player).
If you encounter multimedia that is inaccessible please contact Web Help and the University will work to remedy the multimedia source.