Checklist for Captioning Compliance
The following types of videos should be captioned to promote access by everyone:
- Videos on any of our University websites;
- Videos used in a classroom setting;
- Recorded lectures used as reference materials by students; and
- Additional reference materials presented in class or for assignments (even for extra credit).
Examples of videos include, but are not limited to:
- Videos created by instructors
- Any videos used by guest lecturers
- Any videos used in student presentations
- Lecture captures
- Regular lectures
- Online workshops
- Videos created by others and used in classes
- Links to web videos (e.g. YouTube)
- Films on course reserves
- Supplemental materials
- Videos posted on websites
- Research groups and labs
- Class websites
- Recordings of live streamed events
- Webinars and workshops
- Video conferences within a course
At Texas A&M University, we strive to meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance. If you can answer "yes" to the following questions, your multimedia should be compliant with those guidelines.
- Can the video player be activated and operated via the keyboard?
- Does the video only start at the user request (will not start automatically)? If no, can the user stop it?
- Can the video volume be modified (preferably by keyboard)?
- Is the video available when Flash and/or style sheets is disabled?
- If links are in the video, are the links descriptive?
- Is the video free of flashing content faster than three times per second?
- Does the video have a text transcript that provides equivalent information to the video?
- Is the video transcript accessible and located in close proximity to the video?
- Do captions include all dialogue and audio descriptions that sync with the video?
- Is the color contrast of the video captions sufficient?
Did you know?
- In the United States, about 55 million people have a disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
- About 1 in 5 Americans have some kind of disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
- The percentage of people affected by disabilities is growing as our population ages.
- Two popular, free screen readers are VoiceOver (Mac OS and iOS) and NVDA (Win).
- Good accessibility practices can improve the search ranking of your website.
- Form fields without labels can cause problems for some assistive technology users.
- Low color contrast makes content difficult to see, especially for users with low vision.
- Documents linked on a website need to be accessible too (e.g., PDF and Word files).
- Audio content, like podcasts, need transcripts for deaf or hard of hearing users.
- Online videos should be captioned for deaf or hard of hearing users.
- Using HTML tags correctly is very important for accessibility.
- Descriptive link text helps make a website more accessible. Avoid using "Click here" or "Read more."
- A "screen reader" is an application that reads content aloud to a user.
- There is no "alt tag" in HTML. "Alt" is an attribute used with the img tag.
- HTML uses the alt attribute to provide a text description of an image.
- Alt text should describe an image, if the purpose of the image is to convey information.
- If an image is a link, the alt text for the image should explain where the link goes.
- If an image is only being used for decoration, the alt text should be null (i.e., alt="").
- If a table has headers, using header tags (<th>) will make the table more accessible.
- An accessible website is one that can be navigated and understood by everyone.