Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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G68: Providing a [begin delete]descriptive label[end delete][begin add]short text alternative[end add] that describes the purpose of live audio-only and live video-only content


Applies to all technologies

This technique relates to:


This technique provides a [begin delete]descriptive label[end delete][begin add]short text alternative[end add] for Live audio-only and live video-only content. This [begin delete]label[end delete][begin add]text[end add] may be used in combination with a[begin delete]n[end delete] [begin add]full text [end add]alternative for time-based media [begin add]([end add]for audio or [begin delete]for time-based media[end delete][begin add]video),[end add] or [begin add]in combination with [end add]audio description [begin delete]of the[end delete][begin add](for[end add] video[begin add])[end add]. Those alternative[begin add]s,[end add] however[begin add],[end add] are not part of this technique. The purpose of this technique is to ensure that the user can determine what the non-text content is[begin delete] -[end delete][begin add],[end add] even if they cannot access it. NOTE: Even if full alternatives are also available, it is important that users be able to identify the non-text content when they encounter it so that they are not confused, and so that they can associate it with the full alternative when they encounter it.


Example 1


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  1. [begin delete]r[end delete][begin add]R[end add]emove, hide, or mask the non-text content[begin add].[end add]

  2. [begin delete]d[end delete][begin add]D[end add]isplay the [begin add]short [end add]text alternative(s)[begin add].[end add]

  3. [begin delete]c[end delete][begin add]C[end add]heck that the purpose of the non-text content is clear[begin delete] -[end delete][begin add],[end add] even if content is lost.

Expected Results

If this is a sufficient technique for a success criterion, failing this test procedure does not necessarily mean that the success criterion has not been satisfied in some other way, only that this technique has not been successfully implemented and can not be used to claim conformance.