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Hi folks - one of the questions that has come up as we belatedly begin producing video for inclusion on the web site is how much of it needs to be captioned or transcripted. Section 508 seems pretty clear:
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(c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.

(d) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described.
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and
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1194.22 (b) Equivalent alternatives for any multi-media presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.
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HOWEVER I can't find any other universities or colleges that seem to offer captioning or transcriptions for any of their video. Are we all just ignoring this issue or is there something I'm missing?

At present we're intending to caption our "important" admissions/marketing promo video(s) but nothing else - we just don't have the tools & the time.

What are you doing & what do you think should be done?

Thanks!

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It's a manpower thing. I think most of us agree that we "want" to make video completely compliant. But captioning takes a ton of time, and I'm certainly not going to be the one to sit around and write them. And if it's a matter of having video that 's not 508 compliant vs. having no video, we'll put it up and deal without the captions each time.

It's a very funny thing, web accessibility. Obviously we want to do all we can. But I also subscribe to the school of thought that most people can just as easily pick up a phone if they can't get to something on the web, or they can order a flyer, or something. It's impossible and a waste of energy trying to make a "universally accessible" web. I'm all for doing what we can, but there come's a point where you have to just say "I'm sorry you can't see/hear/enjoy the video on this page, but not having it isn't going to make you miss out on something important. If you really want to know about it, call the people who made it and ask."

I'm sure that makes me sound callous, and I really don't mean to be. I just see things like video as being complementary to the rest of the content on the web. If you can enjoy it, great, if not, no big loss. There are always exceptions of course, but this is a more general point of view. It's not like trying to get to the second floor of a building without ramps.
Missouri has it's own set of standards - primarily based on the 508 standards. We just went through the process to dramatically ease our state standards in regards to multimedia. This included exclusions for live web casts and rebroadcasts of television content (we own a TV station). It also changed the requirements from all content to the maximum extent practical with guidelines on how to prioritize what content gets captioned.

The end result is that we'll be more accessible than before. Our school had been making a best effort on multimedia content, but no money was given because there was no way to be in full compliance. Now there is a budget for making multimedia content accessible as it is seen as a standard we can finally meet.
That's interesting. We have Policy 1210, which is basically "Adhere to Section 508, and mind these other couple random things." But, no money, no enforcement, so at this time, we do what we can, but priority wise it's not super high. Then again, that will change a bit with the new site, which will be designed with a lot of accessibility stuff already in mind.
Here is a good resource, Pat Ramsey, he used to be in higher ed and talks about accessible video. He is presenting at SXSW about using MagPie for videos, I will try to get his slides.
We do caption our videos using MagPie. Once you get the hang of it, it is relatively quick to add captions. Here are a couple of examples:

http://curca.buffalo.edu/about/oneperson.php
http://prehealth.buffalo.edu/gettingstarted/index.php
Hi Mark, I know I'm a little lot late to this thread, but I just watched http://curca.buffalo.edu/about/oneperson.php - great video. I do have one question though. Wouldn't you also want to caption the credits/titles? I know visually you can see them, so that's fine for someone with a hearing disorder, but someone who is using a screen reader or searching will miss out on them.
Great example Mark, I knew they were out there, just couldn't remember the links.
Thanks for the responses. We are at the point of formulating procedures so I at least want to address the issue.

Is anybody using voice recognition software, for example to tape a series of lectures?
I found this that may also be helpful CCforFlashhttp://ncam.wgbh.org/webaccess/ccforflash/

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