Add A Caption Track to Videos to Benefit Deaf Viewers

Author:
Paul Bohman
Director of Training
Twitter: @paulbohman

Deaf people can watch videos just fine, but they can't hear the dialog, narration, music, or other important sounds. Adding a caption track makes videos accessible to deaf audiences. The captions can also help people with certain kinds of cognitive disabilities, and even people who may not be native speakers of the language in the video (seeing the text can help them understand better what they hear).

Below is a captioned video about a blind skier. You may need to click on the "CC" icon to turn the closed captions on:

View video on YouTube.

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This tip was adapted from the Deque University class HTML and CSS Accessibility. See the full web accessibility curriculum for enrollment options.