An alternative for time-based media that presents equivalent information for live audio-only content is provided.

Testing & Remediation

How to test: Navigate to any live audio-only content you have on your site and check to see if there is a text alternative available. How to remediate: Generally the easiest way to conform to this Success Criteria is to utilize a live text caption service. These services use a trained human operator who listens in to what is being said and uses a special keyboard to enter the text with only a small delay. They are able to capture a live event with a high degree of fidelity, and also to insert notes on any non spoken audio which is essential to understanding the event.  

Questions and Answers

What is Time-based media?

Time-based media is content that must be made accessible when held against criterion 1.2 of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines found here: https://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/media-equiv.html Content is considered time-based media if it's:
  • Audio-only
  • Video-only
  • A combination audio/video
  • Audio and or video combined with an interaction.
This terminology encompasses a broad number of third-party software platforms and content libraries, such as:
  • YouTube
  • Video.js
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
Put broadly, time-based media is anything that's embedded on a website that: moves, makes noise, displays content synchronized with another element of the site, or displays content that changes without user input. Certain accessibility considerations need to be made when building content so that everyone has access to content regardless of their level of ability.

How long does the accessibliity process take?

This question depends on a number of factors including size of site, desired level of conformance, your developer's understanding of accessibility techniques, etc. Accessible Web is here to help. Reach out and we can discuss your site specifically.