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Why Caption?

Benefits the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

People who are deaf or hard of hearing are not able to directly access auditory information. Captioning provides a lifeline by displaying audio content on screen as synchronized text.

A #captionTHIS day video demonstrates the need for captioning.

(Transcript of video is available)

Captions are Good Universal Design

Captions are beneficial to a wide variety of people and situations. They:

Complies with University Policy

Effective January 1, 2014, the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG), level AA, serve as the Web accessibility standard for the University of Minnesota. WCAG 2.0 Guidelines are categorized into 3 levels of conformance: A (lowest), AA (mid range), and AAA (highest). By conforming to AA, Web content meets both the A and AA conformance levels. AA is the University of Minnesota Standard. If a Web site conforms to Level AA, it means that it will be accessible for most people, under most circumstances.

To comply with the University of Minnesota standard:

All prerecorded audio-video content must have captions. This is Guideline 1.2.2:

"Captions are provided for all prerecorded audio content in synchronized media, except when the media is a media alternative for text and is clearly labeled as such. (Level A)"

All live audio-video content must have captions. This is Guideline is 1.2.4:

"Captions are provided for all live audio content in synchronized media. (Level AA)"

UMD Policy on Captioning of Video states that captioning of online video is required in the following situations:

An example of an "unrestricted way" is posting a video to the open web.