Techniques for Creating Accessible, Closed Captioned Web-Based Video
David Klein and K. "Fritz" Thompson
Workshop at the California State University - Northridge annual conference: "21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference"
Los Angeles, CA
March 22, 2006
This objective of this workshop was for the participants to generate a time-coded caption file and three versions of a video, deliverable in QuickTime, Windows Media Player, and Flash, the latter using a Flash video player application developed by the presenters. A CD, which included the activity instructions, compressed video, and caption text, was provided to the participants and can be downloaded below. (You should have PowerPoint or the PowerPoint viewer to view the PowerPoint files.)
Because of the interest and complexity of the issues related to Web-based captioning, we have created a bulletin board forum for interested individuals to receive further information about this subject, to convey their experiences, and to ask questions. The Accessible Video forum is located on the LHPDC bulletin board at http://disability2.law.uiowa.edu/bbs. (Note: because we have experienced recent spam messages posted to the BBS, we have had to require that users be registered with the bulletin board to post new messages or reply. To register, click on the New User link.)
- PowerPoint presentation 1 - Introduction and Compression (Part 1 RTF version)
- PowerPoint presentation 2 - MAGpie and Synchronizing Captions (Part 2 RTF version)
- PowerPoint presentation 3 - QuickTime (Part 3 RTF version)
- PowerPoint presentation 4 - Windows Media Player (Part 4 RTF version)
- PowerPoint presentation 5 - Flash Video Player (Part 5 RTF version)
- PowerPoint presentation 6 - Embedding Multimedia in Web Pages (Part 6 RTF version)
- Workshop CD files (access online)
- Download the Workshop CD (compiled and compressed in a zip file)
- Flash video player (zipped for download) - This file is the published Flash application (.swf file). Note that the appropriate accessibility features may not yet be enabled on this player so that the controls will be read by a screen reader (included in CD).
- Flash video player source (.fla file) - Created with Flash MX 2004 Professional. You will need at least Flash MX 2004 to view this file (included in CD).
- Sample configuration file (XML file in text format) - Required for the video player. Copy code and paste into a file called "captions.xml". Save in the same location as the .swf file. Replace parameters in the appropriate places with your own (included in CD).
Please note that this version of the video player may not be accessible to screen readers for the controls. I'm still working on that.