Video player accessibility

Bios & Handouts

#17669

Speaker(s)

  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

It’s not just videos that need to be made accessible: video players need to be accessible too! Gian Wild covers the common accessibility issues in thirty-seven different video players and presents the results of the fourthyear of testing video player accessibility.

Abstract

Harvard and MIT have been sued by the National Association for the Deaf (supported by the Department of Justice) for lack of accurate closed captioning on their videos. However, the case also involves the inaccessibility of the video players. AccessibilityOz has been testing the accessibility of video players for three years, including testing on mobile devices, mobile devices with a keyboard, different screen readers and a variety of operating systems and browsers. Gian explains the importance of video – especially to people with disabilities and some of the major accessibility violations seen in popular video players – including keyboard traps, auto-play, inability to pause and reverse keyboard traps.

Keypoints

  1. Video players need to be accessible
  2. Only a small number of video players are accessible
  3. How to test a video player for accessibility compliance

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Handout(s)

Video player accessibility

Bios & Handouts Videos

Scheduled at 9:15am in WB I on Thursday, November 17 (2016).

#7042

Speaker(s)

  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

AccessibilityOz has tested the accessibility compliance of a number of different video players and presents the results.

Abstract

Harvard and MIT have been sued by the National Association for the Deaf (supported by the Department of Justice) for lack of accurate closed captioning on their videos. However, the case also involves the inaccessibility of the video players. In our testing, we found only two accessible video players, and neither of them were the large commercial players that most organizations use. Gian Wild talks about what makes a video player accessible, with examples.

Keypoints

  1. No video player is fully accessible
  2. Major accessibility issues with YouTube
  3. What the most accessible video players are

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Handout(s)

Videos

External Resources

View the AHG Video Player Comparison