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Best Practices for Caption Quality

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

The DCMP defines captioning as “the key to opening up a world of information for persons with hearing loss or literacy needs.” However, not all captions are created equally. Standards and guidelines for captioning quality from the FCC, DCMP, and WCAG can…

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Updated April 4, 2018
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If You Build It (For Everyone), They Will Come

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

The internet is basically the world’s largest mall… with no parking lot. 56% of people around the world shop at Amazon.com alone. It’s also the world’s largest movie theater. In 2017, the online video market was projected to hit $13.6 billion, surpassing…

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Updated February 15, 2018
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What It Means to “Bake-In” Accessibility

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Everybody loves cake. But if you want everyone to eat the cake, you need to bake it with the right ingredients. The same goes for organizations when designing or introducing new digital technologies like websites and interactive media such as video or…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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California State Web Accessibility Laws

by Sofia Enamorado in Industry Trends

Download the Whitepaper: Roadmap to Web Accessibility in Higher Education California is one of the leading advocates of web accessibility in the US, with state laws and public policies which refer directly to the federal law Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.…

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Updated January 9, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Public Colleges

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Public colleges and universities around the US are legally required to make both digital and physical environments on campus accessible to people with disabilities. In recent years, many students with disabilities have found themselves at a disadvantage when some public universities have…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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How to Test Video Players for Accessibility

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

One-third of all online activity is spent watching video content, and video traffic accounts for 69% of all global consumer internet traffic. So, considering watching video has become so intensely fundamental to the average online user experience, shouldn’t we also expect the…

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Updated January 9, 2018
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Q&A: Accessibility Comparison of Major Video PLayers

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

The video players we use aren’t always as accessible as we need them to be. Of course, this can be a problem if you are trying to make your information more accessible. Knowing the accessibility features of your video player is critical…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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5 MOOC Platforms Doing Captioning Right

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are distinguished from other online education programs in that they are made available to the public on behalf of the host university. They are usually free, although sometimes fees are charged for optional services like a certificate…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How the Brexit Could Impact Web Accessibility in the UK

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  The UK’s decision to leave the European Union essentially means that over 40 years worth of treaties, laws, and agreements are subject to renegotiation or nullification. That includes laws regulating web accessibility. The Brexit is an extremely complicated procedure with a…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Public Websites

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed. This broad anti-discrimination law requires the effective communication of information, and was enacted to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination. Fast forward to the year 2017 and there is something…

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Updated January 4, 2018

Q&A: Best Practices for Avoiding a Winn-Dixie Type ADA Lawsuit as Told by Bobby Silverstein

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

Major corporations are being forced to challenge their policies and practices regarding accessibility. In recent months, Winn-Dixie and Hobby Lobby were tried and condemned for having inaccessible websites. Both must now comply with WCAG 2.0 standards. But while there have been major…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Q&A: Accessible Video at Amazon

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

  Amazon is no stranger to the need for – and the benefits of – accessible products. Many of Amazon’s employees have disabilities themselves. These individuals are directly involved with product design and development, and take part in internal beta testing. This…

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Updated March 8, 2018