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New Zealand: The Digital Public Service Releases New Accessibility Guidance

June 24, 2021

What makes a video accessible?

  • Captions

    Captions are text representing spoken words, such as dialogue or narration, and other meaningful sounds in the video.

  • Descriptive transcript

    A descriptive transcript is a full text equivalent of the content in a video — that is, of all the meaningful audio and visual information presented in the video.

  • Audio description

    An audio description is an additional audio track that’s added to the video to describe and give context for essential information that’s only presented visually on the screen.

  • Sign language translation

    New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of New Zealand’s official languages. People in the Deaf community use NZSL to communicate.

  • Autoplay is disabled

    Autoplay is where a video is set to start playing as soon as the web page loads — it’s best to avoid this.

  • Title attribute, if video published in an <iframe>

    The HTML title attribute lets people using a screen reader know that a video is present and what it’s about, so that they can play it or skip past it if they want to.

Source: Digital Government New Zealand