Accessible Video Players

On the future Clear Helper Web site, I plan to embed videos as an option for visitors to take tutorials.  At the time of this writing, I know of three accessible video players.  On the Clear Helper Web site, I may experiment with each to see which works the best.

  • ccPlayer, from the National Center for Accessible Media is the one I have been using for a couple of years on another Web site.  It was selected for use because of its accessibility features for screen readers and for keyboard users, for its closed-captioning feature, and for its ability to play well the site’s streaming-video files.
  • Easy YouTube, developed by Christian Heilmann, may be an option if Clear Helper’s videos are hosted on YouTube.  It has big buttons and clear video-size options.  Visitors with cognitive disabilities may find those controls easy to use.
  • Section 508 Video Player, was just released by Business.GOV, an official site of the U.S. Government.  Like Easy YouTube, The Section 508 Video Player is intended for use with YouTube videos.  One feature that may make it unique is that it “… plays a single video or a playlist, which is a group of videos within a single player.”

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