Webinars: What Makes A Video Player Accessible?

ARCHIVE: What Makes A Video Player Accessible?

Live Broadcast Held On: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Length: 1.5 hours
Speakers: Terrill Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington; Ken Petri, Director, Web Accessibility Center, The Ohio State University
Target Audience: Web designers or developers
Skill Level: Beginner

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Overview: HTML5 opens up new opportunities for development of accessible media players. Accessible players include standard HTML buttons and controls; support for captions, subtitles, audio description, interactive transcripts, chapters, sign language, adjustable playback rates, and much more. This session will examine the features of accessible media players, from two perspectives: How to choose an accessible media player; and how to build an accessible media player. Able Player, a free open-source media player developed by the speaker, will be used as an example.

  • Participants will be able to describe at least 3 accessibility features that are built into the HTML5 specification
  • Participants will be able to explain the requirements of WCAG 2.0 related to media players.
  • Participants will be able to refer to the W3C Media Accessibility User Requirements for additional considerations 
Speaker Bios: Terrill Thompson: Terrill Thompson is technology accessibility specialist with the University of Washington. In this role, he works to promote information technology accessibility by giving trainings, developing resources, providing consultation and support, and conducting research. He does this for the UW community as part of UW-IT Accessible Technology Services (http://uw.edu/accessibility), and does it for the rest of the world through The DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, & Technology, http://uw.edu/doit). Terrill has twenty years experience in the IT accessibility field, and has presented at numerous conferences and consulted widely with government, private industry, and K-12 and postsecondary education entities on IT accessibility issues. He is the lead developer of Able Player, a free, open-source, and fully accessible HTML5 media player.

Ken Petri: Ken Petri is the Director of The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center. He consults within the university to help ensure accessible development and purchasing. He also maintains the university’s Minimum Web Accessibility Standards. Currently he is working to establish unit-level accessibility plans for university organizations and departments and is writing trainings and working on software to help the university comply with its Standards and Web Accessibility Policy. Ken presents regularly at higher education conferences and has consulted on IT accessibility in postsecondary and private sectors.

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