Don’t Rely on YouTube Transcripts | Adrian Roselli

Don’t Rely on YouTube Transcripts

November 24, 2020; 0 Comments

Let’s establish something first — auto-generated captions are a problem. They almost guarantee a WCAG failure and can leave users more confused (or offended) than when they started.

YouTube creates the transcript from the closed captions of a video (the text that overlays the video, as opposed to burned-in or open captions). If you are using auto-generated captions, your transcripts will already be insufficient (or terrible).

Caption Limitations

Assuming you start with good captions, there are challenges to using them as a transcript.

BBC has guidelines for creating captions (which those [...]


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