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Best Practices for LibGuides Accessibility

This guide includes instructions for updating individual LibGuides to be as accessible as possible.

Why have captions?

Although captions are essential for deaf and hard of hearing patrons, they are also helpful for everyone else. They allow students to understand the video in noisy environments and, alternately, to watch the media when silence is necessary (like when their family is sleeping); captions also enable more accurate note taking. 

If you would like assistance with captioning your videos, please reach out to the SLCC Universal Access Coordinator:

Video Captions

This section gives information on best practicing for adding captions to your videos.

  • When possible, link to a transcript underneath the video
  • Have 5-10 words or 36-40 characters per line
  • Lines should all be similar in length
  • Add line breaks after commas
  • Add line breaks before conjunctions & connection words (so, on, but, for, and)
  • Captions should be well synchronized with video.
  • Captions should display for a minimum of two (2) seconds; aim for three (3) seconds.
  • Add 2 breaks after hard punctuation

Best practices from: Droog, A. (2023, March 16). Formatting video captions for greater accessibility [Conference session]. ACRL 2023, Pittsburgh, PA, United States.

How do I add captions?

The following screenshot comes from Google's guide on how to create YouTube captions

Directions on how to add YouTube captions.

Include captions note

Important: Underneath the embedded or linked video, add a comment so users easily can tell if there are captions. For example, "This link will take you to the YouTube page where the video is stored. There are closed captions and transcripts included."