Beyond the Mandates: The Far‐reaching Benefits of Multimedia Accessibility

January, 2018

This article emphasizes the importance of improving accessibility in streaming audio and video content for academic and professional publishers.

Key points 

  • Convergence of international standards has made requirements for accessible multimedia content clearer. 
  • Legal and commercial pressure for accessible content is mounting for higher education institutions (HEIs) and publishers as highlighted by recent high-profile settlements in North America. 
  • Accessibility requirements for multimedia can be met by setting realistic, progressive goals and focusing resources on key content. 
  • Multimedia accessibility benefits range from wider audiences and increased user engagement to greater discoverability and improved search engine optimization. 
  • Vendors are ramping up their offerings for accessible production, and costs are going down.