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14 July 2022

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has published guidance on the accessibility of synchronised media.  Known as the Synchronised Accessibility User Requirements (SAUR) The Note, developed by the W3C WAI Accessible Platform Architecture working groups – Research Questions Task Force (RQTF). The purpose of the SAUR will be to synchronises multimedia components such as ALT text, captions, and sign language interpretation. This will make it an easier experience for people who rely on multiple accessibility tools.

Our CEO Scott Hollier one of the editors of the SAUR. The SAUR will be applicable to general multimedia content from stagnant media sources to live interactive environments. This document will be used in future publications by W3C on accessibility for multimedia content.

Examples of scenarios, and guidance provided in the SAUR includes:  Support for adequate synchronization of the audio and video for users who are hard of hearing, and who rely on lip reading to understand spoken content.  People who have difficulty hearing for situational reasons, (e.g. due to a noisy environment) will also benefit” (Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements)

For further information please refer to the published SAUR Note on the W3C website.    

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