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Video-Based Resources

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Objective

The objective of this effort is to create a series of video-based WAI resources, similar to the Web Accessibility Perspectives videos, to support accessibility training. The goal is to create 4 video-based resources by March 2022.

Considerations

  • The video-based resources should be ideally based on existing WAI resources. This reduces the effort for creating the videos, and extends the reach of the existing resources (eg. a text-heavy resource that would benefit from accompanying videos).
  • The video-based resources must be related to training in the broader sense. That is, training is not limited to designers and developers. It can address viewers newer or more experienced with accessibility, with or without technical skills, etc.
  • A video-based resource may be composed of several videos. For example, Perspectives resource has 10 short videos but counts as a single resource. In this case, each of the 10 videos is independent. In another resource the short videos could be sequential.
  • The video-based resource should go into detail of a particular topic without risking getting outdated too quickly. For example, referring to specific version numbers or showing particular coding techniques may get outdated more quickly than principles.

Deliverable Ideas

[Done] Video Set 1: Web Accessibility Evaluation

Purpose: Introduce the core concepts of web accessibility evaluation, and introduce different audiences to the most relevant WAI resources for them.

Note: The following suggestions have been deferred to later:

Video Set 2: Stories of Web Users in How People with Disabilities Use the Web

Purpose: Make these text-based stories "come to life" with short videos showing real people with disabilities in the described situations.

Audience: Everyone who wants to learn more about people with disabilities, how they use the Web, some of the barriers they frequently encounter, and design issues that cause these barriers.

Approach: Short video for every story, featuring a real person. The videos show people with different types of disabilities using assistive technologies and adaptive strategies in a variety of situations, as described in the story. The protagonists are in an environment that is usual for them, such as in an office, at home, or on the road; they are not acting. Some narration explains what is happening when it is not immediately evident for the target audience. The videos will be embedded directly with the text for the story.

Duration: Each video is ~1-2 minutes. The total duration for the 8-9 videos would be ~12-15 minutes.

Visuals: Real people with disabilities using their own assistive technologies and adaptive strategies in a variety of realistic situations (eg. trying to make a booking). The examples themselves may be staged with mockups and such but the situations are familiar to the protagonists. The cuts are fairly quick with narration explaining specific details (similar to Perspectives videos). People may be talking too (eg. explaining what they are trying to do etc.). The focus is on the people and their technology, as well as on related design aspects. Needs people comfortable with being filmed and speaking about themselves.

Note: These stories are currently being redesigned and edited, to make them easier to read and use (eg. breaking up the text and pulling out highlights etc.). See more information about this update project.

Video Set 3: Diverse Abilities and Barriers in How People with Disabilities Use the Web

Purpose: Make these text-based descriptions "come to life" with short videos showing real people with the described types of disabilities.

Audience: Everyone who wants to learn more about different types of disabilities and how people with such disabilities are impacted by design issues.

Approach: Short video for every category, featuring a selection of real person. The videos explain the different types of disabilities, and any assistive technologies and adaptive strategies they may use. The protagonists encounter accessibility barriers due to inadequate design as well as accessibility features that improve their experience. Some narration explains what is happening when it is not immediately evident for the target audience. The videos will be embedded directly with the text describing the types of disabilities.

Duration: Each video is ~1-2 minutes. The total duration for the 5-6 videos would be ~8-10 minutes.

Visuals: Real people with disabilities using their own assistive technologies and adaptive strategies in a variety of realistic situations (eg. trying to make a booking). The examples themselves may be staged with mockups and such but the situations are familiar to the protagonists. The cuts are fairly quick with narration explaining specific details (similar to Perspectives videos). People may be talking too (eg. explaining what they are trying to do etc.). The focus is on the people and their disability, as well as on related design aspects. Needs people comfortable with being filmed and speaking about themselves.

Note: These descriptions are currently being redesigned and edited, to make them easier to read and use (eg. breaking up the text and pulling out highlights etc.). See more information about this update project.

Video Set 4: Tools and Techniques in How People with Disabilities Use the Web

Purpose: Make these text-based descriptions "come to life" with short videos showing real people with the described types of assistive tools and adaptive strategies.

Audience: Everyone who wants to learn more about different types of assistive tools and adaptive strategies and how people using these are impacted by design issues.

Approach: Short video for every category, featuring a selection of real person. The videos explain the different types of assistive tools and adaptive strategies that people with disabilities may use. The protagonists encounter accessibility barriers due to inadequate design as well as accessibility features that improve their experience. Some narration explains what is happening when it is not immediately evident for the target audience. The videos will be embedded directly with the text describing the types of tools and techniques.

Duration: Each video is ~1-2 minutes. The total duration for the 4-5 videos would be ~7-8 minutes.

Visuals: Real people with disabilities using their own assistive technologies and adaptive strategies in a variety of realistic situations (eg. trying to make a booking). The examples themselves may be staged with mockups and such but the situations are familiar to the protagonists. The cuts are fairly quick with narration explaining specific details (similar to Perspectives videos). People may be talking too (eg. explaining what they are trying to do etc.). The focus is on assistive tools and adaptive strategies, as well as on related design aspects. Needs people comfortable with being filmed and speaking about themselves.

Note: These descriptions are currently being redesigned and edited, to make them easier to read and use (eg. breaking up the text and pulling out highlights etc.). See more information about this update project.

Acknowledgements

This work is supported by the EC-funded WAI-Guide Project.