Multimedia & Accessibility: The need for accessible players

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Online multimedia's popularity continues to grow. In fact, YouTube is the number two search engine on the Internet today. In a recent keynote address, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior said that over the next three to five years, video ... will quadruple IP traffic between now and 2014, with two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic coming from video by 2015. As a result of this popularity, accessibility mandates are helping to ensure that video programming is accessible to all, and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), is shaping how multimedia accessibility on the web moves forward.

With all of the focus on the CVAA, we wanted to shed some light on the Act, and how it impacts you, as well as show how accessible multimedia affects those living with a disability. Enjoy the first video in our series Multimedia & Accessibility, with Glenda Sims, accessibility evangelist and a Senior Accessibility Consultant for Deque.

Please go to to request our white paper, and learn more about how the CVAA affects online audiovisual content distributors.

Video Transcript:


When I first, FIRST started using the Web the majority of the content was text and pictures.


It was a long time ago. But today's web is full of rich media, especially video, and


as we are looking at the accessibility of video we have to keep two things in mind:


not only does the video need to be accessible with captioning and audio description, but


the players need to be accessible as well. What do I mean by an accessible video player?


I mean a player that can be used by a person who is using a keyboard alone, who may not


be able to use a mouse; and also a video player that is accessible to screen-reader users


so that people who are visually impaired can actually control, turn the video on and off,


and adjust the volume. By making these components accessible we give equal access to all the


important information that we're now distributing via multimedia on our websites.


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