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Video and Multimedia Accessibility

Web Captioning Overview- WebAIM

This article is a general discussion of captioning video files. It takes a top-down approach, explaining basic concepts rather than getting into detailed techniques for each media type.

Accessible Multimedia- University of Wisconsin - Madison

This overview page does a good job of explaining the basics of how video accessibility fits into the Section 508 accessibility mandate.

Making Video Accessible- Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Georiga Tech University

Self-paced online tutorial designed to show you how to make multimedia accessible for individuals with disabilities... transcripts, captioning and audio descriptions.

Flash Accessibility- WebAIM

Basic overview and how-tos of Flash accessibility.

Flash Accessibility- Provides numerous resources for Flash developers - including best practices, an FAQ, and coding examples.

Developer Connection- Adobe brings together an online community of Flash developers and offers accessibility solutions for problems ranging from trivial to complex.

Developer Documentation- Includes a great deal of technical information on the Accessibility class built into ActionScript 3.0.

Accessibility Blogs- The Adobe blog is a good source for up-to-date news regarding Adobe products, including Flash, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat PDF.

Captioning Tools

Accessible video will have captioning to ensure that everyone can access the information, whether they are deaf or do not have equipment on their computer for audio. Use the following tools to create captioning on your videos.

Captioning Styles - WGBH-TV

Public TV station WGBH-TV pioneered closed captioning for television in the early 1970s. Drawing on this experience, the WGBH Media Access Group has put together a set of guidelines and suggestions for how captions should be styled and displayed.

MAGpie - National Center for Accessible Media

MAGpie is a free software tool developed by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media. It has become the industry standard for creating captions on Flash, Quicktime, Real, and Windows Media video.

SMIL - Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C)

The Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL, pronounced "smile") enables simple authoring of interactive audiovisual presentations. It is a protocol developed by the W3C that is used for "rich media" multimedia presentations which integrate streaming audio and video with images, text or any other media type. SMIL is an easy-to-learn, HTML-like language which may be written using a simple text-editor.

SAMI - Microsoft

Microsoft Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange (SAMI) was designed and developed to caption the digital media widely available in PC systems. The SAMI specification is supported by Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, Windows Media Player, and some Microsoft multimedia titles.