Designing for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
As part of my goal for this site to be designed for accessibility first, it is important to understand and be aware of what makes any website accessible for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. After all, I am deaf myself so I should be accessible to myself too.
As with the other terrific infographics I discovered courtesy of Home Office Digital based in the UK, I am posting this here with a link to their GitHub files in case you want to download your own copies.
About captioning videos
There is something that needs to be further explained when it comes to captioning videos. As far as I am aware of, there’s three methods of captioning.
- Open Captioning
- Closed Captioning
While they all serve the same concept, they are all different methods and follow a different set of rules. In the end, the bottom line is caption your videos, regardless of whether there is sound or not, regardless of whether there is words being spoken or not, regardless of whether sign language is being used or not.
Without captioning videos, accessibility to everyone is less than 100 percent.