[Athen] Misunderstanding on Closed Caption Rule

Terrill Thompson tft at uw.edu
Thu Mar 22 16:56:54 PDT 2018

Hi Michael,

I'm not aware of any rule that says captions need to be on by default. At
AHEAD, I may have stated that captions are on by default in Able Player,
the free, open source media player we developed at the University of

That choice is based on the belief that captions are beneficial to lots of
people (not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing), and I've seen data
from Facebook and Yahoo! indicating that users are much more actively
engaged with video if it's captioned (i.e., more likely to watch the video
if it has captions, as opposed to scrolling past it). With Able Player,
and with any other media player that supports captions, it's easy to turn
them off. It's also easy for people who need them to turn them on. And most
media players remember the user's choice so they only have to set it once.

For me, the question of which should take precedence has mostly to do with
how critical the need is. The "Captions On" group of users has a need,
whereas the "Captions Off" group of users has a preference, and personally
I think a need should take precedence over a preference.


Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Accessible Technology Services
UW Information Technology
University of Washington
tft at uw.edu

On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 1:57 PM, NDC Nav Team <help at nationaldeafcenter.org>

> Greetings Michel,


> The NDC| nav team saw your posting on the ATHEN listserv and we hope to

> contribute more to the discussion about closed captioning settings. Can you

> elaborate on the your current situation in regards to closed captioning?

> This will help us better respond to your inquiry. Thank you and we look

> forward to your response.


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> On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 8:39 AM, Michael Joanisse <michael.joanisse@

> museedelhistoire.ca> wrote:


>> Hi everyone,


>> Excuse my naïvety, but when at AHEAD this year, I was sure that on

>> multiple cases it was said that "Closed captions need to be ON by default".


>> I can't find any resources supporting that fact, can someone help clarify

>> that for me?


>> Thanks in advance,


>> Michel Joanisse

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