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The innovative podcast hosting platform released a full podcast transcription workflow, enabling podcasters to boost organic discovery and improving the accessibility of podcasts to the hearing impaired

Today, Buzzsprout, one of the world’s largest podcast hosting platforms, announced the launch of a new feature set that allows podcasters to easily distribute their own episode transcripts to listeners.

This toolset is a huge step forward in improving the accessibility of podcasts for the hearing impaired, as well as enhancing the end listener’s experience by allowing them to read along while listening. Additionally, transcription is critical to search engine optimization (SEO) and can boost podcasters’ ability to get discovered and grow their audiences.

“We love podcasts and are in a good position to provide solutions to some of the growing pains this industry is facing,” said Kevin Finn, Co-Founder of Buzzsprout. “Discoverability and accessibility are at the top of our list. It’s

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Twitter is working on adding transcriptions to voice tweets.


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Twitter said it’s working on adding transcriptions to voice tweets in order to make the feature, which it began testing in the summer, more accessible. This comes after many criticized the social media platform for not taking all users’ needs into consideration before the release.

“We’re rolling out voice Tweets to more of you on iOS so we can keep learning about how people use audio,” the company said in a tweet on Tuesday. “Since introducing the feature in June, we’ve taken your feedback seriously and are working to have transcription available to make voice Tweets more accessible.”

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Notice: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 in Development

(2020-02-27)

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of WCAG 2.2. Additional success criteria in development for 2.2 address the needs of people with cognitive or learning disabilities, users of mobile devices, and users of ebooks. For information on what’s new in this draft and upcoming work, see the blog post Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 in Development.



For Wide Review: Personalization Semantics Content Module 1.0

(2020-01-30)

The Personalization Semantics Content Module 1.0 specification is available for wide review. For a short introduction to personalization and the related documents, see the Personalization Overview (in English). The Working Group particularly requests review of section “3.1 action”. Please send any comments by 10 March 2020.



Updated: WCAG-EM Report Tool – Accessibility Evaluation

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A big mistake many people make is to confuse usability with accessibility. Not only are the two very different, but the tendency seems to be that one is deemed less important than the other. Although they must both be taken seriously, it’s true that many of the ideals surrounding accessibility still apply to usability and vice versa.

Optimising a site’s usability will help to make it more accessible, or at least provide a better frame to build upon. If your wider audience finds the site hard to use, it’ll almost certainly be problematic for those with disabilities or learning difficulties. By the same token, the degree of consideration that goes into addressing accessibility is just as valid when it comes to usability.

Putting The User First

If you strip all the fancy stuff away from Web design, pages are ultimately being built for people to use. Forget showcasing every Flash … Read More