Captioning and Transcripts on YouTube

Captions are a great way to make content accessible for viewers. YouTube can use speech recognition technology to automatically create captions for your videos. These automatic captions are generated by machine learning algorithms, so the quality of the captions may vary. Learn more about automatic captions.

It is also possible to create your own captions and/or to use a transcript file for more accurate captions.

To force the captions to appear when the video plays, add the tag "yt:cc=on"

To meet ADA requirements, captions must be viewed by the human eye after creation to confirm accuracy. This also helps one avoid accidental mistakes in the captions.

When embedding video from Youtube, you might wish to edit the embed code to force captions to play.

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