Media Has No Transcript

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

Short Description

There is no transcript available for visual, audio, or audio/visual media

Long Description

  • Transcripts are important to a variety of users for different reasons.
  • Obviously someone who has difficulty hearing media can use a transcript as an alternative way of accessing information.
  • A transcript is also helpful to someone who has difficulty playing media for whatever reason, including slow internet access, conflicts in technology, and lack of media accessibility caused by issues such as inaccessible media controls.
  • In addition, a transcript can offer access to visual information that might not be available in the media, especially if audio description is not provided.
  • Furthermore, a transcript makes the information searchable and easier to quote and cite.

Example of Issue

No example available


  • A transcript should include all spoken words from the media, along with useful notes or explanations about what is happening in addition to spoken words if the background information helps explain the context.
  • Transcripts created automatically by an automated program should be double checked for errors and to add notes about background information.
  • A transcript of entirely visual media would consist of a written description of what happens.
  • Media from another source should include a transcript on your site if the other source either does not provide a transcript or if it is not adequate.
  • Additional information is available in the article Making Sure More than Eyes Can Detect an Element on the AUL site.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device