Does your business know about the need for captioning? This recent article might be a wake-up call for people in the United States: "Who is Required to Close-Caption?"
With only a few exceptions, all programming for broadcast in the United States must be closed captioned.
If you make instructional videos, do you want to leave out the potential audience segment that is deaf or hard-of-hearing? No captions means you lose a visitor or client. You can add captions to your videos using the steps in this video:
For one source of information about captioning, we suggest you turn to Twitter and follow the stream of tweets from the people on our Twitter list for topics about deafness, hearing impairments, and captioning. They are the source for much of the information in this article.
There is so much catching up to do with captioning, so once again, we point you to these other great resources for captioning:
- How Closed Captions Benefit More Than the Deaf and Hard of Hearing New
- How to create video captions by John Espirian, 14 February 2019
- YouTube Help: Add your own subtitles & closed captions
- YouTube Help: Translate videos & captions
- Stanford Captioning
- Described and Captioned Media Program (DMCP) Captioning Key for educational media
- Description (also called "audio description" or "video description") is the verbal depiction of key visual elements in media and live productions.
- Captioning is the process of converting the audio content of a television broadcast, webcast, film, video, CD-ROM, DVD, live event, and other productions into text and displaying the text on a screen or monitor. Captions not only display words as the textual equivalent of spoken dialogue or narration, but they also include speaker identification, sound effects, and music description.
- How To Add Closed Captioning To A Video On YouTube, a Drost video
I am not deaf and I am not hard-of-hearing. So why do I write this article?
- Because I believe technical communicators are perfectly positioned to introduce and include concepts like captioning into businesses
- Because it is a part of any decent, sensible content strategy
- Because I find subtitles and captions on television quite handy when I want to catch a phrase that was garbled by the actor's poor articulation
- Because I believe it is a natural service to offer for any business
- Because I got my socks knocked off when I read Oliver Sacks' Seeing Voices and began to view deafness as a culture, not a disability
- Because it is a matter of human decency