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RE: Accessible online media players

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:46:11 -0800
To: Maggie Thomson <Maggie@bunnyfoot.com>, "webaim-forum@list.webaim.org" <webaim-forum@list.webaim.org>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Here's what I think:

1)      must be able to display captions/subtitles *

2)      must be able to display multiple languages of captions *

3)      If multiple languages of captions are available, provide a means to switch the language

4)      must be able to generate a transcript from the caption data automatically

5)      the captions must be screen reader inaccessible *

6)      the transcript must be screen reader accessible.

7)      The captions must be toggleable on/off *

8)      Must be able to play audio descriptions

9)      The audio descriptions must be toggleable on/off

10)   All controls must be keyboard accessible *

11)   All controls must by screen reader/magnifier accessible *

12)   Captions must display when viewing the video full screen *

13)   Caption size should be user-adjustable

14)   Caption color should be user-adjustable

15)   Video should be paused by default for screen reader/screen magnifier users, if video is set to play when loaded

16)   Key controls should have shortcuts - e.g. play/pause at a minimum

The items with the asterisk are what you get in the Flash CS4 video playback component by default. The others can be accomplished with additional developer work.

Hope this helps.


Andrew Kirkpatrick

Senior Product Manager, Accessibility

Adobe Systems


From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Maggie Thomson
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 2:26 PM
To: webaim-forum@list.webaim.org; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Accessible online media players


I am looking for advice and input into a questionnaire I am putting together.

The idea of the questionnaire is to get feedback from users with special needs, to determine their particular needs and wishes for what constitutes an accessible online media player for them. Their feedback will be input into the plans for an online media player that is about to be developed.

The player will be an example of best practice in terms of accessible technology and online development. It will be  developed with a view to implementing extensive accessibility features, and to exemplify best practice not just in the finished product but in the process as well.

I would be very grateful if you guys out there could give me an idea about the types of questions I should be asking, and any useful suggestions you may have.

Many thanks in advance.

Received on Thursday, 27 November 2008 00:46:55 UTC

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