YouTube accessible interface alternative now available

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010 14:51pm

The YouTube website has often been criticised in disability circles for its accessibility issues, namely its lack of keyboard control of videos and its distracting ‘instant playback’ feature. Fortunately an alternative website has been created which addresses these issues, and provides accessible ways to search, navigate and play back video.

The accessible YouTube interface has been designed according to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, with an implementation of WAI-ARIA to further improve access for people using assistive technology products. Features include high contrast, simple sorting of search results, full keyboard navigation and the removal of the ‘instant playback’ feature.
Further information can be found at the YouTube accessible interface website.  Additional accessibility information relating to YouTube clips, including the recently introduced automated captions feature, can be found in the online media section of the Media Access Australia website.

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