VideotoegankelijkheidEverything you need to know

Of course, when you have a video to show, you want all your viewers to be able to follow it well. That is why videos must be accessible to people with disabilities. There are European rules and guidelines that determine when a video is considered accessible. These are laid down in the general guidelines for web content accessibility, the so-called WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). The guidelines contain recommendations for making web content more accessible, including methods that apply to videos. These methods make content more accessible to people with disabilities, such as blindness or a visual impairment, deafness or a hearing impairment, limited freedom of movement, speech disorders, sensitivity to light, and combinations of these. They are also helpful for people with learning or cognitive disorders. In fact, following the guidelines often makes web content more useful for users in general.

Scribit helps

By editing your video in the editor of scribit.pro and offering in our accessible video player or via the Youtube and a VIMEO widget you are complying with the rules for video accessibility (WCAG 2.1). On our page about WCAG, we are providing an overview of the specific requirements for online videos.If you need more detailed information, please visit the W3.org website.

Wil je meer lezen over de WCAG regels, dan kun je deze vinden op the website of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). W3C is an international community in which affiliated organizations, a full-time staff, and the public collaborate to develop web standards. The mission of W3C is to help the web reach its full potential. W3C has established the guideline that a video is accessible if it comes with:

    If you want to produce an extra accessible video, you can ad:

    If you have a subscription, you can learn all about creating effective audio descriptions and subtitles, and about combining these into a text alternative in our academie. We are happy to help you with this.

    Digital accessibility

    Scribit.pro legt haar focus op het toegankelijk maken van online video’s. Als je wilt zorgen dat je website in zijn geheel goed toegankelijk is, zijn er ontzettend veel partijen die je hier informatie over kunnen geven of die je hierbij kunnen helpen. Digitaaltoegankelijk.com deelt kennis, geeft gericht advies en helpt bedrijven en organisaties om de website of app toegankelijk te maken. Met alle informatie die zij delen, ook in de sociale media kanalen, is het een waardevolle partij om te volgen. Je kunt ook terecht bij the Accessibility Foundation (Stichting Accessibility), which provides knowledge and skills, as well as applied training courses for web developers.

    (Semi-) government regulations

    As of 23 September 2020, public and semi-government institutions are internationally required to ensure their websites are fully digitally accessible. Logius is the organization that provides products and services for the Dutch digital government, offering facilities and standards that all government organizations use as part of their digital services. All organizations with websites that do not yet comply with the regulations, must have an accessibility statement stating how they are planning to resolve this. No deadline has been set for the implementation at this time. However, specific measures must be stated, and a (time) schedule must be included. What is considered a reasonable deadline depends on the type of measure. A statement must be drawn up in which this is laid down. This statement is valid for one year. The (combined) underlying research results are valid for a maximum of 36 months. The parties involved must be able to show progress on a regular basis. Users should be able to lodge a complaint on any government website if they encounter difficulties related to accessibility. 

    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    Naast de verplichting aan de overheid, ontkomen andere bedrijven en organisaties er ook niet aan om uiteindelijk ook de digitale toegankelijkheid op orde te hebben. Voor hen gaan dezelfde regels gelden. Alles om, zoals bepaald is in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities., het bevorderen, beschermen en waarborgen van de mensenrechten van mensen met een beperking. Grondbeginselen in het verdrag zijn toegankelijkheid, persoonlijke autonomie en volledige participatie. Het volledig kunnen begrijpen en volgen van digitale informatie is daar dus ook onderdeel van. Als onderneming of organisatie zorgen dat je de digitale toegankelijkheid op orde hebt is een vorm van maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen. Samen kunnen we ervoor zorgen dat niemand wordt uitgesloten en iedereen op gelijk niveau kan meedoen in de maatschappij. Samen zorgen we voor een sterkere positie voor mensen met een beperking.

    What does that mean to you?

    Initially, people with disabilities may not seem to be the immediate target audience for your video. However, interest in your video may come from unexpected places. 

    A person with a visual impairment may want to watch a video about becoming a pilot, because he or she has a child with that ambition. A person with a hearing impairment may want to watch a music video because someone said the lyrics and images form such a creative combination. It's not up to you to decide whether or not your video is of interest to someone else. What you can do, is make your videos accessible to all target audiences.

    International

    The rules that have been drawn up with regard to digital accessibility not only apply in the Netherlands; they apply internationally. Many countries are already far ahead of the Netherlands. Therefore, we are working hard to conquer the international market as well. Our first step has been to offer the option of selecting ‘English’ as the language to be used on our Dashboard. However, you may benefit more from adding other languages, such as French or German. Please let us know. We would be happy to work on this.

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