Information on this page relates to creating accessible audio and video content. There are five requirements that agencies must meet for time-based media (video, audio and animation) at WCAG 2.0 Levels A and AA; four of these are for pre-recorded audio and video and one for live audio.
Please note that all other WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA accessibility requirements must also be met to claim conformance.
Kangan Institute's "How to create an accessible video player with HTML5 (MS Word 600KB)" guide, an output from their 2013 Emerging Technology Trial, describes techniques and provides step by step instructions for creating accessible video. This trial received funding for a second stage, and was then extended again to develop an accessible HTML5 video player.
In October 2014, the player underwent some further enhancements, and the work was recognised with an award from the Deafness Forum of Australia: the 2014 Online Captioning & Digital Innovation Award presented “in recognition of the initiative to consistently provide captions on a website or mobile app, or the use of technology in in an innovative way, to enhance use or awareness of captions”. Media Access Australia nominated the Player, which won over Yahoo 7 nominated for being the first commercial TV station to caption its catch-up TV, and St Stephen’s School in WA for captioning all online content.
Enhancements implemented in addition to the features in version one of the player (below) are:
The latest Github commit (14 December 2014) releases control to mobile OS media player, allowing
Kangan Institute's "How to create an accessible video player with HTML5 (MS Word 600KB)" guide, an output from their 2013 Emerging Technology Trial describes techniques and provides step by step instructions for creating accessible video. This trial received funding for a second stage, and was then extended again to develop an accessible HTML5 video player.
We believe the player has the following attributes:
Known issues we hope to address:
Version 2 of the media player is undergoing final testing. Feel free to try it out on the staging page.
The player is distributed under the following license:
© Commonwealth of Australia 2013, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia License.
Pennsylvania State University's AccessAbility website details some techniques for creating Video Captions and Audio Transcripts to conform with WCAG 2.0 AA requirements for pre-recorded audio and video.
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative details sufficient techniques to provide accessible live audio content to meet the requirement for live audio content.