Blog - Web Accessibility

Captioning symbol: Over a black background, the letters "CC" in white.
 

A new captioning deadline is arriving this Saturday. This one covers the captioning of Internet video clips of live and near-live TV programming (such as news or sporting events) where the associated programming has been shown on TV, in the U.S., with captions.

YouDescribe symbol.
 

The public beta of the new YouDescribe platform was released on May 18th. The team at YouDescribe has been working very hard for months to create this new version of their describing platform for YouTube videos.

Partido de fútbol americano.  Graderías llenas de gente. Subtítulo: Audiencia gritando.
 

On March 23rd, YouTube launched its improved automatic captioning system that now includes sound effects. This first release of their new system includes the following sounds: [APPLAUSE], [MUSIC] and [LAUGHTER].

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The first draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 was published on February 28th by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and is available for comments until the end of this month.

Girl with headphones listens video on a tablet. A descriptive phrase comes out of the headphones
 

Today is a day to celebrate!  We are very pleased to announce that the wonderful audiovisual content of Discovery en la Escuela is accessible starting today.

A man holds an open laptop.  On the screen the word "Accessible."
 

August 8th is the deadline to submit comments to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. In other words, the DOJ is looking for comments on the regulation implementing title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that applies to accessibility of State and local government entities on the web.

Symbol of accessibility on websites. Silhouette of a person  with open arms inside a circle.
 

On June 29th, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the reaching of settlements with 11 education organizations to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities.

Picture of an orange chair on a house porch published in Facebook.
 

On April 4th, Facebook launched their new object recognition technology that provides a description of pictures posted on their platform. They call this technology  “automatic alternative text.”

Video on YuTube. The control bar has a button with the letters "cc" to activate the captiions.
 

As a part of the incremental enforcement of captioning of internet video programming, a new deadline arrives on March 30, 2016.  Distributors of video programming that they have uploaded to the Internet and is later shown on TV with captions, will have 15 days, after the date the programming is first shown on TV with captions, to add captions to it.