Website Accessibility and the WCAG 2.1 Update

by: David Titmus

After nearly 10 years, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released an update to its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, an internationally established set of standards for accessible content on the Internet. These guidelines are mainly for people with various disabilities, but also for different devices used for … Read More

Will the FCC’s Allowance of ASR for Captioned Telephone Service be a Help or Hindrance?

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month took initial steps to reform the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) in an effort to modernize the system and resolve compensation and funding issues. A popular critical communications service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing who communicate … Read More

10 Simple Ways to Make a Captioner’s Job Easier (and Everyone Else Happier)

by: Monica Brooks

As captioners, we listen to people talking all day, and it’s our job to figure out how to translate that into written text. Everyone has shows they like and dislike, but some programs are simply easier to caption than others. The qualities that make for low-stress captioning tend to be … Read More

Captions and Commencements: Making Graduation Ceremonies Accessible to All

by: David Titmus

The month of May not only brings Spring flowers and the (unofficial) start to wedding season, but it’s also graduation time as high schools, colleges, and universities prepare to move students along to the next chapters of their lives. The ceremonies taking place in the coming weeks at schools across … Read More

VITAC Integrations – Where Technology Meets Captioning

by: David Titmus

No matter how you look at it, online video continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down. Video is projected to account for more than 80 percent of all web traffic by 2019, and live Internet video is expected to make up 13 percent of web traffic by 2021. YouTube … Read More

March Madness: VITAC Captioning NCAA Hoops Tournament a Real Slam Dunk

by: David Titmus

More than a few people this week likely will be coming down with a serious case of March Madness as the NCAA college basketball tournament kicks off. This 68-team hardwood bonanza has been known to crown a Cinderella or two, produce at least one shining moment a year, and turn … Read More

VITAC Captioning PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

by: David Titmus

VITAC is proud to provide captioning for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, running now through next Sunday (March 18) on NBC and its affiliated networks. NBC Olympics will feature more than 250 hours of comprehensive coverage, including 94 hours of television coverage — nearly doubling the television coverage for … Read More

An Olympic Effort

by: David Titmus

VITAC Working Around-the-Clock to Caption This Month’s Winter Games After traveling more than 1,200 miles by plane, train, sailboat, bicycle, cable car, and robot (yes, robot!) over the past 100 days, the Olympic torch will arrive in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, South Korea, this week to officially start the XXIII Olympic … Read More

Three Reasons for Captioning Corporate Training Videos

by: David Titmus

Corporate training videos are useful tools when new employees join a company and go through their initial group orientation. And when hiring individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, captioning those training videos provides all employees with total access to the material. Too Much Information to Remember New hires often … Read More

The Human Art of Captioning

by: David Titmus

For some, closed captions are simply those words that flow across the bottom of televisions that describe the on-screen dialogue and action. But for nearly 50 million Americans in the deaf and hard of hearing community, captions are so much more — they are an important connection to a world … Read More