Captions provide content to people who are deaf or cannot otherwise hear audio. Captions are also used by people who process written information better than audio, whose first language is different than what is spoken in the audio, or those who do not have the proper technology to play audio. Captions appear simultaneously with audio or video content and can be turned on and off.
Many of the programs AgriLife already uses, such as YouTube or Zoom, offer options for automatic captions. Automatic captions do not meet accessibility requirements until after they have been reviewed to ensure they are fully accurate, which usually requires significant editing. Think of automatic captions as a starting point for your video caption needs, not the final product. Although there is not a specific recommended level of accuracy regarding captioning, we recommend striving for 100 percent in terms of caption accuracy, completeness, and timing.
Watch our tutorials linked below for a walkthrough of how to meet captioning requirements using YouTube or Otter, best practices for general captions, and best practices for math and science captions.
Captions Resource Links
- IT Accessibility Captioning Videos
- W3C WCAG Captions/Subtitles
- W3C WCAG Transcribing Audio to Text
- W3C WCAG Transcripts
- W3C Example Descriptive Transcript
- Video with Description Integrated into Audio
- W3C Audio Content and Video Content
- W3C WCAG Where to Put Transcripts