Digital Accessibility in Video: Captions

As we talk more and more about digital (web) accessibility, it is important that we don't forget about videos.  Many Extension and Outreach staff have videos on websites, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.  These videos must meet accessibility requirements.

An accessible video must include captions.  Closed Captioning (CC) is a process used to display text on a video so that all users are able to understand the content being presented.  According to the WCAG 2.1, we must provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms.

There are many different scenarios where closed captioning is useful for Extension and Outreach users:

  • hearing impairments
  • when the recorded language is not the users first language
  • when users are in environments where they are unable to play audio

Any published videos should include closed captioning that is appropriately edited to relay the correct information.  If you need assistance in getting your Extension and Outreach videos closed captioned, please contact jfindlay@iastate.edu.

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