Help for podcast listeners / viewers
1. Improve accessibility using browser and device settings
There are customisation options for your browser and device that could help you use our sites and other websites more effectively.
AbilityNet provide advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
2. How to use accessibility features on our sites (video captions and audio transcripts)
We publish University of Oxford podcasts to two places:
From 23rd September 2020, all new video and audio content on the University of Oxford Podcasts site (http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk) should have captions available. We aim to generate the captions before publishing, however the WCAG regulations allow 14 days from the publishing date.
Captions can either be viewed as part of the video, or downloaded as a transcript text file.
2a. Viewing Closed Captions on a video podcast
To view captions on a video podcast episode, click the 'CC' button in the bottom-right corner of the media player:
The University logo will unfortunately obscure the captions, as shown below:
You can either wait for the logo to disappear or make the video player full-screen using the maximise button bottom-right:
In the full-screen view the University logo does not obscure the text:
We intend to move the University logo in the near future.
The CC button will only appear if a captions file has been generated.
Captions will display slightly differently on different web browsers, you may wish to experiment. We will make the captions downloadable as text files in the immediate future. We are exploring how improve the media player (JWplayer) functionality, e.g. to provide synchronised transcripts/captions for audio files.
There is a list of captioned podcast episodes on the University of Oxford Podcasts website. We will be providing a list of captioned series in the immediate future.
The Apple Podcasts service does not provide any specific accessibility guidance.
2b. Downloading Closed Captions as a transcript text file
The captions for a podcasts episode reside in a text file in 'SRT' format. This essentially means it contains every line of dialogue, with a timestamp against each line to say when it should appear alongside the video.
If a podcast episode on University of Oxford Podcasts website (podcasts.ox.ac.uk) has Closed Captions, these should be downloadable from the 'Download Media' section of the page (bottom-right). Look for the 'Document' link:
Left-click the 'Document' link to view the captions file in your browser. You may wish to open it in a separate tab or window:
To save the Closed Captions file to your computer, right-click the 'Document' link and choose 'Save File' or similar. You should then be able to open the resulting '.srt' file in a text editor like Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac).
3. Where our service is limited regards accessibility
The University of Oxford Podcasts website (podcasts.ox.ac.uk) has various limitations regards acccessibility:
- Title/heading structures, links and image alt-text are not consistent for screen readers
- Tab/keyboard navigation around the site is inconsistent
- Colour contrast cannot be altered
- Screen magnification is untested
- Captions/transcripts are available for only a small selection of podcast series before 23rd September 2020
- Captions/transcripts are computer-generated and this limits their accuracy
- Audio transcripts are not yet downloadable (this will be fixed very soon)
There will be more detail in the revised accessibility statement for University of Oxford Podcasts once completed.
The MediaPub publishing portal has similar limitations.
4. Who to contact for help
For further assistance using the University of Oxford Podcasts site please email the Educational Media Team at University of Oxford IT Services.