Our team is focused on empowering you with the ability to make your media content accessible to the entire CSULB community. The below content lists the steps you need to consider when creating and posting video or audio content as well as some general best practices for accessible production. Our team is available to help with any questions you may have.
What You Need
What do you need to make your video accessible?
- Provide captions.
Captions are a text based alternative to multimedia content.
Youtube hosts a helpful video on creating and uploading timed captions for uploaded videos.
- Include audio description for relevant visuals not already covered in what’s said.
The American Council of the Blind details the importance and practical use of audio descriptions for videos.
- Provide a transcript.
Transcripts are written content for video thus hearing impaired can enjoy your video
A helpful guide from Google on creation and management of transcripts can help help you build a script for your media.
Best Multimedia Accessibility Practices
- Ensure you video player is accessible.
Traditional cloud-based video services like Youtube and Vimeo provide accessible players and can be embedded on applicable CSULB documents and webpages. These players provide accessible controls, togglable captions, and work across various browsers and mediums. Video players and embed options provided by other service may not meet accessibility standards.
- Never auto-play your video.
Videos that start without user input deliver an unexpected experience and can be problematic for some users.
- Produce clear and legible content.
Clarity is important. Make it easy for users to see and read content as well as provide adequate color contrast and legibility. Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM) provides a useful color contrast analyzer that can share what combination of foreground and background colors meet accessibility standards.
- Do not include any flashing or strobing content in your media.
For seizure safety do not produce content with flashing or strobing effects. They might trigger a seizure for people with photosensitive epilepsy.
Compliance Standards and Policies:
- WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded) (Level A)
- WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) (Level A)
- WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded)(Level A)
- WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.4.2 Audio Control (Level AA)
- WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.2.4 Captions (Live) (Level AA)
- WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded) (Level AA)