Web accessibility means creating resources on the web that everyone can use, regardless of ability or disability. We’ve chosen an accessible WordPress theme for the Fair Use Week website, but we need your help to ensure that the content posted here is accessible for everyone. Here is a list of helpful guidelines for creating accessible web content, including videos and other media.

Written content

  • Ensure embedded links make sense when read out of context. Every link should make sense if the link text is read by itself. Screen reader users may choose to read only the links on a web page. Ambiguous phrases like “click here” and “more” should be avoided; instead link from text that describes the link destination.
  • Do not rely on color alone to convey meaning. If using color for emphasis, also make the phrase bold, a characteristic recognized by screen readers.
  • Make sure content is clearly written and easy to read. Use the headings and bulleted or numbered lists available in the toolbar.

Videos and other media

Caption and/or provide transcripts for media. Videos and live audio should have captions and a transcript. With archived audio, a transcript may be sufficient. A variety of web multimedia allow for the creation of captions in your videos, including Flash, HTML5, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, RealPlayer, and iMovie. The following resources have helpful information for providing captions:

  • Amara is an online platform for crowdsourcing captions.
  • YouTube includes a video manager that will create captions from a plain-text transcript (no time codes necessary). If you upload the transcript to accompany your video, YouTube can automatically sync the transcript text with the audio to create captions. To find out how, visit the instructions for uploading a transcript to YouTube On that page, click on “Upload a file” for more details. ARL has used several affordable transcriptionists in the past—to request their contact information, e-mail
  • Visit WebAIM for more information about “Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions.”

If you would like to learn more about accessibility standards and best practices, visit the ARL Accessibility Toolkit.

ARL is strongly committed to providing access to its web content to people with disabilities.

To meet this commitment, we are working to comply with the requirements of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA) as recommended by the Section 508 Refresh. Compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA should ensure that individuals with disabilities seeking information or services from us have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.

If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, or TTY) and the format of any material on this website interferes with your ability to access information, please contact the ARL web accessibility coordinator at or 202-296-2296. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility challenge, the format in which you prefer to receive the material, the web address of the requested material, and your contact information.