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Why do we need to provide transcripts or captions for audio and video files? The UT Austin Web Accessibility Guideline states that we should provide an accessible UT Austin Web presence for all members of The University community. This means full access to University information, programs and activities offered through the Web. In short, information anytime, anywhere for anyone.

How does this apply to audio or video content? Audio content is not accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Videos without audio descriptions are not accessible to people with visual disabilities. Providing transcripts in alternative formats not only helps people with disabilities access important information, but it is frequently used by those with hardware or environmental limitations. For example, an audio transcript can be read when the audio would be distracting to others in the area.

To make your Web video available to the largest possible audience, include a text tract or captioning and open the video in a standalone player. Adding these features will enhance your movie and enlarge your viewing audience.

For information on how to add captions, look at the Captioning Guidelines section of this Web site. Another reference is WebAIM's Web Captioning Overview.


  Updated May 27 2008
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