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FCC Closed Captioning Quality Standards for Video Programming

by Jena Wallace in Video Accessibility

FCC Rules for Online Video Captioning: Are You Compliant? [White Paper] The FCC closed captioning quality standards remain as pertinent to video content creators today as they did upon their initial release. Back in February 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released…

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August 30, 2022

SDH Subtitles & non-SDH Subtitles: When to Use Them

by Jena Wallace in Video Accessibility

How to Write WebVTT Files [Free Guide] Do you ever watch a television show on a streaming platform with the subtitles turned on? Perhaps it’s an anime, and the subtitles translate Japanese dialogue into English. Or maybe it’s the English-language cerebral drama…

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August 29, 2022

What Is Closed Captioning?

by Kelly Mahoney in How-To

Read the Beginner’s Guide to Captions [Free eBook] Closed captioning is time-synchronized text that reflects an audio track and can be read while watching visual content. The process of closed captioning involves transcribing the audio to text, dividing that text into chunks…

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August 26, 2022

The Accessible British Columbia Act

by Abby Alepa in Video Accessibility

Accessibility in Ontario: How the AODA Impacts Web and Online Video [Free eBook] In June 2021, the Accessible British Columbia Act became law. The Government of British Columbia (B.C.) passed this legislation to prove its commitment to creating an accessible province for…

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Updated August 26, 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 Industry Trends

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

How (and Why) To Caption Youtube Videos You Don’t Own

by Kelly Mahoney in Video Accessibility

[How-To Guide] Adding Subtitles + CC to YouTube Videos This multi-part blog series will highlight three valuable accessibility features for YouTube captions and subtitles. In our second blog of the series, we’ll discuss how to add captions/subtitles to YouTube videos you don’t own.…

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Updated 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

The Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates 32 Years

by Jaclyn Leduc in Lighter Side

How the ADA Impacts Online Video Accessibility [Free Ebook] July 26, 2022, marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and there are many reasons to celebrate ADA32. The ADA has made many positive impacts since being signed into…

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Updated July 27, 2022

What’s the True Price of Closed Captioning Services?

by Rebecca Klein in Video Accessibility

10 Crucial Questions to Ask a Captioning Vendor [Free Guide] Video is a valuable business and communication tool for organizations across many industries. However, videos without closed captions are inaccessible to over 430 million people worldwide with hearing loss. As global video…

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July 25, 2022

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