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Video Accessibility

Video accessibility. Here's what you need to know.

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Written by Jess
Updated over a week ago

At Ghost, we're constantly working to make our video player more user-friendly and accessible. Our goal is to empower creators and engage audiences across different industries with interactive video content.

We're all about helping our customers connect with any audience, no matter their cognitive, visual, or physical abilities.

What makes a video accessible?

Ensuring video accessibility involves providing captions, audio descriptions, and transcripts to ensure comprehension for all viewers. Describing visual content is crucial for accessibility, along with mindful use of color, text, and animation to avoid barriers for visually impaired individuals. Additionally, videos should minimize flashes and bright colors to enhance inclusivity.

Our commitment to working towards accessibility

Ghost is committed to continuously exploring ways to evolve and improve our platform, including how we can provide an equitable viewing experience for all.

  • Closed Captions within the video content make it possible for those with diverse levels of aural abilities, language comprehension skills, and learning styles to consume and enjoy video content.

    • For customers who leverage Ghost’s content creation services, we provide embedded captioning for all videos as a part of our video editing services.

    • Additionally, customers can leverage third party tools to manually add the captions to their video content and upload it to Ghost.

  • Alt Text - Adding text to all images and icons, so those with visual impairment can still know what is being displayed with site readers. (Coming Soon)

  • Orientation Rules - Content does not restrict its view and operation to a single display orientation, such as portrait or landscape, unless a specific display orientation is essential.

    • Our video player is currently vertical video only. We mask (this is different from cropping) the landscape video to the 9x16 size, so content is only available in this portrait/vertical format. Horizontal video is coming soon.

  • The contrast used for Ghost video titles is accessible and this element can be modified further with CSS.

  • Audio Control - If any audio on a Web page plays automatically for more than 3 seconds, either a mechanism is available to pause or stop the audio, or a mechanism is available to control audio volume independently from the overall system volume level.

    • Users have to click the icon to play the audio. Video audio can be controlled using the user's device controls and audio can easily be muted and unmuted.

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