[Athen] need to caption instructional video if followed by detailed text-based instructions

chenjiat at msu.edu chenjiat at msu.edu
Tue Apr 21 10:29:49 PDT 2015

If you are going by WCAG,


1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded): Captions are provided for all prerecorded audio content in synchronized media, except when the media is a media alternative for text and is clearly labeled as such. (Level A)     

You need to make the judgement call of whether content of the video is indeed an alternative for your text instructions.  Does the video add any other visual, audio, or timing information which cannot be gleaned from the Word file? 

If it is indeed media alternative, remember to label it as an alternative.


F74: Failure of Success Criterion 1.2.2 and 1.2.8 due to not labeling a synchronized media alternative to text as an alternative


Jiatyan Chen

Coordinator for Web Accessibility

IT Services

Michigan State University

On Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 16:16, Sharon M Trerise <smtreris at syr.edu>, wrote:

We have a video which is demonstrates the steps to perform various tasks in a software package, say, Microsoft Word.  Below the video, a text-based step-by-step tutorial with screen shots is provided.  In this situation, does the video need to be captioned?



Sharon Trerise

IT Analyst – Accessibility

Syracuse University
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