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

  • Video Captions: This closed captioned video from WAI explains the benefits of captions. An audio description track and a transcript are also provided for the video.
  • Closed Captioning: More Ingenious Than You Know: This YouTube video explores the history of captions with manually created closed captions included.

Audio descriptions

The following resources describe some basics for audio descriptions.

  • Audio Description of Visual Information: WAI document on audio description, including which media needs audio description, methods, and how to create audio descriptions.
  • DCMP Description Key: A thorough resource from the Described and Captioned Media Program with information on what to describe and how to describe that content.
  • DCMP Description Tip Sheet: A quick reference, this is a brief overview of the more thorough DCMP Description Key.

Audio description examples

The following links are movies and an Indiana University video featuring audio descriptions.

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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