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Libguides Accessible for All

Best Practices for Creating Accessible Libguides

Embedded Media

Accessing embedded media in a libguide for persons using assistive technology requires certain procedures. The presence of closed captions is critical. This can be achieved in a number of ways.

Videos embedded from YouTube are captioned by default. The quality of these captions is sometimes poor, but can be edited within the Youtube soft ware. If you are frequently using a particular video in your guides, take notice of the quality of the captions.

Additionally, embedded media should be added to guides in such a way that a link is offered for opening the video in the software of the original host, whether this is Youtube, or one of the subscription vendors. This allows users to view the content on the original site, which may have more controls, accessibility features, and other features not available in the embedded version, including auto-generated closed captions.

You can use the code below to embed media in your guides:

<center>EMBED LINK</center>
<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans- serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it <a href="DIRECT VIDEO
LINK" target="_blank">here</a></span></span></p>

Paste in the video and embed links at the prompts in all cap type within the html above. This can be done in YouTube, Films on Demand, and vendor supplied help videos. The media will be accessible in its original host site, which is likely to offer additional functionality.

When adding media:
-disable autoplay
-enable on screen play and pause -check for keyboard accessibility

To be accessible, the media player you use should have buttons/controls that can be used without a mouse (through keyboard controls), that are appropriately labelled for screen readers and assistive devices, and work across browsers and operating systems. These labels exist in the code behind libguide pages, but there are some actions taken when creating pages which should be done in ways which support accessibility.

When embedding video or audio on a web page, it is important to check to see if the media player itself is accessible. The media player controls should be keyboard operable and made known to those using screen readers.

If captions are not available for embedded media there is the option of using Transcriptions. IT subscribes to transcription software, so if you need to use a transcription, contact Randy Tyndall.