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11. Transcripts

Audio files have accurate transcripts (no auto-generated transcripts).

Just like videos need captions, audio files of spoken words need transcripts. This is mostly for things like podcasts or other recordings. An exception to this rule is purely music files or other non-speech content that does not require transcripts. 

As with captions, the transcripts need to be accurate, including all punctuation and capitalization; An auto-generated transcript is not sufficient.

Unlike video captions that need to be synchronized with the video playback, accessible transcripts can be provided in a variety of different formats. For example, the transcripts could be provided on the same page, in a modal dialog, on another page, etc. Almost any method is acceptable as long as transcripts are provided in a way that is easy to access for all users.  

A podcast embedded on a page. While there are many ways to provide a transcript, in this case, the transcript is simply added to the bottom of the page. 

Scoring Guide

  • Pass: All audio files have transcripts and are accurate. 
  • Partial Fail: Almost all audio files have transcripts, or there are only minor errors with the accuracy. 
  • Fail: There are no transcripts for audio-only files, or the transcripts are inaccurate. 
  • Not Applicable: There are no audio-only files on the site.
  • Unknown: No audio files were found during testing, but it is possible there might be some outside the scope of the testing. 

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Last modified October 29, 2023