Section 508 Compliance

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Synchronization with Multimedia

(b): Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.
Explanation: Captioning for the audio portion and audio description of visual information of multimedia presentations are considered equivalent alternatives. This provision requires that when an audio portion of a multimedia production is captioned, as required in provision (a), the captioning must be synchronized with the audio.
Importance: Synchronized captioning would be required so someone reading the captions could also watch the speaker and associate relevant body language with the speech.

Bad Example

1.  No audio transcript
No audio transcript available As you can see, there is a link for the audio file, but no apparent link for a transcript of the audio

Good Example

1.  Audio transcipt provided
Audio transcript provided A link is provided, following the audio link, for the transcript of the audio file

Do-It-Yourself Fixes

There are two essential mediums where captioning or transcripting are required: Video and Audio. The easiest of the two is creating a transcript for any audio clip. Simply put, as long you there is a link to an audio clip, there should be another link directly, or soon-thereafter, to the transcript. The transcript just needs to be a word-for-word dialogue of the audio clip and can either be a straight HTML page or a text document.

The other multimedia that needs captioning and/or transcripting is video, audio is not considered multimedia so it does not require captioning. All videos need to have synchronized captioning included so someone reading the captions could also watch the speaker and associate relevant body language with the speech. Right now, the T&IR is currently experimenting with software to add closed captioning to videos.