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What is an SCC File?

by Jena Wallace in Industry Trends

Closed Captioning Best Practices for Media & Entertainment [Free eBook] For years, Scenarist Closed Caption (SCC) files have been one of the most commonly used closed captioning files on broadcast television. These closed captioning files hold CEA-608 captioning data in 29.97 drop…

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October 27, 2022

Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act

by Abby Alepa in Industry Trends

  Accessibility in Ontario: How the AODA Impacts Web and Online Video đź“ş The Accessibility Act, also known as Bill 59, was passed in April 2017 to aid Nova Scotia in achieving an accessible province by 2030. The Accessibility Act is an…

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October 26, 2022

The Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act

by Abby Alepa in Industry Trends

  Web Accessibility Lawsuit Trends in 2022 On September 29, 2022, Senator Tammy Duckworth and Representative John P. Sarbanes introduced the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in an effort to remove…

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Updated October 21, 2022

Twitter Can Now Remind You to Add Alt Text

by Rebecca Klein in Industry Trends

Accessible Social Media with Alexa Heinrich [Free Webinar] Have you ever scrolled through Twitter and noticed an image with an ALT badge? If so, you’ve come across an image with alt text. Twitter’s ALT badge indicates that the author has added alternative,…

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September 30, 2022

The Rise of Accessible Gaming

by Abby Alepa in Industry Trends

Inclusive Design in XR and Beyond [Free Webinar] The online gaming community is one of vibrance and diversity. It is also enormous: More than 216 million people in the U.S. play video games regularly, and the booming industry is expected to grow…

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September 28, 2022

What is 608 and 708 Closed Captioning?

by Jena Wallace in Industry Trends

Captioning Basics [Free eBook] When closed captions appear on your television screen, a decoder inside the TV translates raw data from a broadcast location and displays it as text that is understandable to the human eye. Over the years, decoding has evolved…

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September 23, 2022

A Quick Guide to the Accessible Canada Act

by Rebecca Klein in Video Accessibility

Accessibility in Ontario: How the AODA Impacts Web and Online Video [Free eBook] When it comes to breaking down barriers for people with disabilities, there’s no such thing as “too accessible.” Just ask Canada. In 2018, Canada introduced the Accessible Canada Act…

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Updated September 22, 2022

FDA Finalizes Historic Rule For Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

by Rebecca Klein in Industry Trends

How to Be an Accessibility Advocate for Yourself (And Others) [Free Webinar] On August 16, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule to improve access to hearing aids. The FDA’s action establishes a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing…

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August 18, 2022

Should You Transcribe Your Podcast?

by Abby Alepa in Video Accessibility

Tips For Creating an Accessible Podcast [Free Guide] If you’re a podcaster trying to expand your audience or create a larger online presence, you may be wondering: Should I transcribe my podcast? While there are many benefits of transcription, from accessibility to…

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Updated August 18, 2022

Key Takeaways from UsableNet’s 2022 Mid-Year ADA Web and App Report

by Samantha Sauld in Industry Trends

Read the 2022 Mid-Year UsableNet Report UsableNet, a leader in the digital accessibility and usability space, ensures that the digital world and its contents (i.e., websites, videos, apps, etc.) are free of any barriers and are accessible to all users. Each year,…

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August 10, 2022

Stranger Things’ Captions: A Lesson in Language and Detail

by Abby Alepa in Industry Trends

Closed Captioning Best Practices [Free eBook] Season 4 of the sci-fi Netflix drama Stranger Things has taken the world by storm, breaking the record for Netflix’s most-watched English-language TV show ever in just 17 days. But it’s not only the action-packed plot…

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August 5, 2022

DOJ Announces Intent for Future Website Accessibility Regulations

by Rebecca Klein in Industry Trends

WCAG 2.0 and 2.1: Bringing Web Accessibility Into the 21st Century [Free Ebook] In July 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its intent to establish new regulations providing technical standards for website accessibility under Title II of the Americans with…

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August 4, 2022