Screenworks’ commitment to accessibility
Screenworks is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards. Please note that videos from our archive may not include captions or audio descriptions. Moving forward it is our intention that all future publications will be accessible.
Once the peer review process is completed, the audio-visual work will need to be captioned by the author prior to publication. We ask that authors also provide a descriptive transcript of the final video. Please note that captions are not required for the submission of the work for peer review, unless a reviewer requests captions so that they can access the work.
Why is it important to have captions? See our blogpost interview to understand more.
Some further information to help you make your works accessible
What is the difference between captions and subtitles?
The two words are used interchangeably in some regions of the world, and the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative provides a helpful differentiation. To summarise:
– Captions are in the same language as the spoken audio, and include all audio elements (speech, music, sound effects, ambience). They ensure the video is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing viewers.
– Subtitles are a translation of the spoken audio. Subtitles allow a creative work to be accessible to a wide audience. For example, English subtitles can provide additional support to help a viewer understand a local accent or unfamiliar word.
Accessibility is a process, below are some tools to help you create accessible video works.
Creating an audio description:
Accessible filmmaking (pp. 12 – 13 refer specifically to subtitles for Deaf and Hard of Hearing):
Taking care to produce access:
– ‘Closer’ captions (Christine Sun Kim): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfe479qL8hg
Quick links and Workflows for captions:
Making an accessible video:
Editing software instructions and workflows:
Activating Captions Exhibition