Open or Closed Captioning?

September 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Open captioning is visible to all and cannot be turned off. 
Closed is when you or someone else must find the control and
turns it on, be it for videos online, movies/cinema, theater, other media.. 
Problems with closed captions (compared to open captioning
For all) include the following: 
a. It's often very difficult to find how to turn on the cc - systems vary so much online.
b. Millions do not know it's there at all.
c. We have a huge issue of communication access for all across the country (and globally). 
We suggest continuing education and advocacy for inclusion of much more captioning universally (e.g. on all videos online).
d. An argument for closed captioning reminds us of the folks who complain loudly (we are told) in the cinema when captioning is showing - we say, get used to it. 
Focus on the communication that works for you - speech, text, whatever. 
e. Use the language you need and prefer; it's nice to have a choice, so many do not have any choice - they have no cc at all for much online.

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§ 2 Responses to Open or Closed Captioning?

  • Million don’t know… That’s true.

  • ls says:

    Thanks for your comment Sam.
    We are 36 million in the USA alone – and then more online from many more countries. How many millions more with hearing loss, deafness, and several other reading and learning styles that use captioning also? Many more. That’s just online.

    Then, in noisy environments, wherever there is a video/tv playing, many more cannot hear clearly.
    In school, there is background noise too. At work, all over the place :-). We often say we don’t care what sort of captioning is included, as long as we can get it included where none has been before, yet because of the importance of captioning (e.g. to help new readers learn to read also), we decided to explain our preference.
    Cheers to all reading.

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