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Captions, subtitles and transcripts are an easy way to make your content accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing and help your business or organization to adhere to accessibility standards and regulations. Read more about digital accessibility here.

What is Digital accessibility?

Digital accessibility aims at the principle that everyone, including people with functional disabilities, have equal access to digital content.

Videos and podcasts become increasingly popular as a medium for education, explanation, and user guidance. Unfortunately, without subtitles or text-alternatives, these formats are not accessible to the deaf or hard of hearing.


Local digital accessibility legislation

Become compliant with accessibility legislation and adhere to WCAG 2.1 standards

Legislation in different countries uses the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) as a reference in order to define how digital content can be made accessible. To become compliant with the WCAG 2.1, it is important to ensure that all audio and video files on your website have a textual alternative and vice versa.

Many public and a number of private organizations around the world are required by law to provide subtitles for videos that are published online in order to comply with the WCAG 2.1 standards. 

Digital accessibility and

The status of technology

So far the creation of transcripts, subtitles, or captions was costly and required many hours of labor. Advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Speech Recognition accelerate this process and decrease the cost for organizations significantly.

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  • How is the topic of Digital accessibility related to the EU legislation 2016/2102?

    On the 22nd of September 2016, the EU published a directive on digital accessibility regarding the websites of public institutions.

    The objectives included in the directive are to be implemented in each EU member state’s national law as of the 23rd of September 2018 and have come into effect. Public institutions are to conform to the European Norm (EN 301 549 V 2.1.2), which refers to a level “A” or level “AA” of the international standards of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), as valid minimum requirements in digital accessibility.

    To learn more about this topic, read our blog about Digital accessibility and WCAG 2.1 standards.

  • How to become compliant with the WCAG 2.1?

    To become compliant with the WCAG 2.1, it is important to ensure that all audio and video files and features on your website have a textual alternative and vice versa. Do you need to convert audio/video to text? Or do you want to generate captions/subtitles? You can use Amberscript to do so!

  • What is WCAG 2.1?

    WCAG stands for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. WCAG 2.1 is the latest version of these guidelines, which are intended to make the world’s digital environment more accessible for those with a visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disability.

  • Do you offer audio description and other accessibility services?

    Our focus is on speech-to-text solutions. We also have a vast network of people concerned with accessibility services, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions/queries.

  • What does Digital accessibility mean for me?

    Whether you are a public institution or not, it is always important to think about inclusivity in our society.
    We can all help to make sure that everyone is part of the digital revolution, which is making our lives easier every day. In order to help those with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities, we can come up with solutions to help everyone enjoy the same content. Amberscript is providing software that provides such a solution: we convert audio/video files to text using our speech recognition software, running on an AI-driven engine. To find out more about our products, click here.

  • Why is Digital accessibility important?

    Digital accessibility is important because it promotes inclusivity and ensures that everyone, regardless of any disability, can have access to the same information. As more and more services and processes in our society become digitalized, it is important to ensure that everyone can enjoy these services and processes. Digital accessibility has also become a topic of interest in European politics, so much so that there are now laws which make it mandatory for public institutions to make all their content understandable and readable for everyone.