[Accessibleweb] Test requested: Closed-captioned web videos

Harry Love hlove at u.washington.edu
Wed May 26 17:14:08 PDT 2004

Greetings all,

We have just completed a captioning project for one of our most used
help sheets on HealthLinks: "PubMed at the UW." The URL is

We have several demonstration videos on this page that were created with
Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/products/studio/). Using MAGPie
(http://ncam.wgbh.org/webaccess/magpie/), we were able to add what we
hope are accessible closed captions to these videos.

Since we do not have access to relevant adaptive technology here at the
library, we do not know for sure that these captions are truly
accessible. Therefore, if you have time, we would greatly appreciate
your assistance on two tasks:

1) Please try to view a few of the videos as-is. A recent version of
RealPlayer (http://www.real.com/) is required. The Windows OS is required.

WHAT TO EXPECT: If you have never viewed a Camtasia video with
RealPlayer before, expect RealPlayer to load the Camtasia plugin first.
After the plugin has loaded, the video should load and begin playing.
You should not see any captions. Each video contains an audio portion.

WHAT WE HOPE WILL HAPPEN: RealPlayer should start, load the Camtasia
plugin, and play the video with sound.

PLEASE REPORT IF: RealPlayer fails to load the movie, or if the video
area of the screen appears black when the movie is played.

2) Play a video with captions turned on. To turn on captions in
RealPlayer, go to: Tools > Preferences. In the category list, select
"Content". Under Accessibility, check the box next to "Use supplemental
text captioning when available." Select "OK", close RealPlayer, and
then try to view one of the videos again.

WHAT WE HOPE WILL HAPPEN: RealPlayer should start and begin playing the
video with sound. There should be a caption area underneath the video
area with text that is synchronized with the audio content.

PLEASE REPORT IF: RealPlayer fails to play the movie, or if the captions
do not appear.

ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY: If you have access to a screen reader such as JAWS
or Window-Eyes or a refreshable Braille display we would appreciate any
feedback you can give us about the accessibility of the videos when
accessed through those products.

If you have any other suggestions about how we might improve the
usability and/or accessibility of the videos, please send me your feedback.

Thank you very much for your help!

Harry Love

Education Technology Specialist
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7155

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