Audio description, caption, and transcript resources

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The following resources cover success criteria, best practices, and examples for audio descriptions, captions, and transcripts.


The following resources describe transcript basics.

  • Transcripts: Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) document describing the basics of a transcript, including which media needs a transcript, how to create and present a transcript, and tips for making your transcript more useful.
  • Transcripts on the Web: Includes information on best practices for creating a good transcript.

Transcript examples


The following resources describe basics for closed captions.

  • DCMP Captioning Key: A thorough resource from the Described and Captioned Media Program with information on how to present captions, including font, punctuation, line breaks, placement, and duration.
  • CADET (Caption and Description Editing Tool): A free downloadable tool from the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH to help you import, edit and export caption files.
  • Captions and Subtitles: WAI document on captions, including which media needs captions, how to create captions, and best practices for displaying captions.
  • BBC Subtitle Guidelines: This BBC resource offers information on subtitling, including how to caption intonation and emotion, accents, and humor.

Captioning examples

Audio descriptions

The following resources describe some basics for audio descriptions.

Audio description examples

The following links are examples featuring audio descriptions.

You can also find helpful resources, as well as audio described movies, television and streaming shows, and DVDs at the Audio Description Project.

Learn more

The following resources will get you started with the basics for audio descriptions, captions, transcripts, and subtitles.

Success criteria

The following are the relevant Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to meet WCAG 2.0 AA standards for video and audio files.

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