If auto-captions are available on a video, does it need to be re-captioned to quality standards?

Auto-captioning software can aid in the development of captioned media, but it is not considered equitable access as a stand-alone option for deaf students. In fact, poor quality, non time-synced captions can cause more confusion and misunderstanding to the reader. Elements of quality captions for accessibility emphasize consistent, clear, and readable captions that are equivalent to the original material. Consider following standards for captioning from the FCC guidelinesDCMP Captioning Key, or WCAG standards.

Additional Resources:

Why Captions Provide Equal Access 

The Significance of Harvard’s Settlement on Video Accessibility

3PlayMedia “The Ultimate Guide to Closed Captioning”

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Updated on July 28, 2022

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