UK Web Accessibility and Subtitle Regulations

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White Paper: UK Web Accessibility and Subtitle Regulations

UK Web Accessibility and Subtitle RegulationsIn the United Kingdom, anti-discrimination laws extend to the Internet, requiring government websites and institutes of higher education to ensure equal access to the deaf and hard of hearing. British television and media producers abide by special regulations regarding subtitles for video. Online video requires transcription and subtitling in order to be fully accessible, but to what extent are British websites encouraged rather than required to provide subtitles for web-based media?

This ten-page white paper explores the legal requirements and provides recommendations for subtitling online video in the UK. Understanding subtitling requirements is essential for those managing online video content for businesses, broadcasters, filmmakers, government offices, and institutions of higher education based in the United Kingdom.

Topics include:

  • Equality Act of 2010 (EQA)
  • British Standard 8878 (BS 8878)
  • Impact of WCAG guidelines
  • Broadcasting Act of 1990
  • Communications Act of 2003
  • The Office of Communications (Ofcom)
  • Code of Guidance on Standards for Subtitling
  • Code on Television Access Services
  • Subtitling best practices from the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD)

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