Saturday, March 13, 2021

State of the Tavern - Update - Closed Captioning for the YouTube Channel for the Hearing Impaired and Audio Conversion of the Blog for the Visually Impaired


The above was asked in reference to last night's update, and I had been under the impression that YouTube videos required manual Closed Captioning, and I had neither the time nor the money to do so. I was wrong.

YouTube CAN automatically do CC, and it's pretty damn accurate. I do need to turn it on for each video manually, so it will take some time before it's available across the board, but it's begun with some of the more recent videos and livestreams.

This got me thinking. There used to be a plugin that allowed me to convert each blogpost to an audio file with a simple link, but that app went away years ago. After a little research, I found Woord, and for $60 bucks a year I can convert the blog into an audio format.

My current plan is to upload a week of the blog at a time as a podcast episode - not sure if it will be a new podcast feed or simply extra podcast episodes. Most likely a new feed / podcast.

Let me know what you think. I do care :)

Here's a sample of today's blogpost in an audio format: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8xbn1c11to4st37/16793195831615688173604d71ed159847.16965527.mp3?dl=0

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  1. I could only listen to about 20 seconds of that converted audio. If you can't choose a New Yawk accent then how about Australian?

    1. here's the premium US voice. it does sound a bit better: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ifikwjv812wwqrb/premiumtest.mp3?dl=0

  2. As far as audio posts goes, I think most hearing impaired people use screen readers tailored to their taste anyway, but for inclusivity you should attempt to caption all images or use the alt text to describe the image, most screen readers will read out the alt text, so in the case of the image in this post you might set it as "Image containing comment from user Dave Valentine, Wish you had closed captioning for us deaf fans" and the reader will read that out when it gets to the image.

    I am not hearing impaired and simply commenting on what I have heard, you might want to do more research because I could be wrong.

  3. Thank you for taking the initiative and effort to improve access to the visually and hearing impaired.


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