Accessibility of User-Generated Content (was: Using voice narration on sites)

14 Feb 2008 - 11:25am
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Alexander Baxevanis

Hi Leslie,

you've touched upon a very interesting issue. In the TV world, it is
often a legal requirement for broadcasters to make sure that their
content is accessible to anyone. This, for example, is the relevant
regulation in the UK:

I guess that videos in commercial websites are covered by the same
accessibility rules as the rest of the content on a website. Of
course, it's often more about the company's conscience (and
realization that they are losing potential customers) and less about
the regulations. Actually, in the UK many of the TV commercials are
broadcasted with subtitles, even though they are explicitly excluded
from the above regulation.

On the other hand, the typical person who makes and uploads funny
videos to YouTube doesn't probably have much motivation or technical
knowledge of adding subtitles. Just had a quick look in YouTube, most
of the videos that have subtitles only have them in order to translate
a foreign language. In an era where a lot of the content consumed on
the internet is user-generated, are people with disabilities missing
out? Is there something that can be done to prevent this? Any ideas
from other people on the list?


On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 4:50 PM, LESLIE GILBERT, BLOOMBERG/ 731 LEXIN
<lgilbert1 at> wrote:
> Hi all-
> What about folks with a hearing loss? I have a decent amount of hearing loss and I work for a large financial/technology firm in Manhattan. The thing is, I always see videos or screens that provide naration of some sort without any captioning. The lack of captions render the product useless to folks like me. I'm curious, do you know of websites that provide captioning when using videos? The only one I know of is Adobe Photoshop ( While going through training, you can click on the button on the bottom of the video section and the captions appear. This is similiar to the concept being used for television - you can turn the captions on and off. I believe the television world started to capitionalize everything back in the late 1980s. Frankly, I'm surprised this did not catch on in the internet world. Thanks!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Vicky Teinaki <vicky.teinaki at>
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> Hi all,
> I'm working on a web project where the client is sold on using voice on the
> site i.e. having narration for explanations.
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