A transcript is a non-synchronized text version of the audio material in a video or audio file.
Harvard’s Digital Accessibility Policy cites the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA as a standard, which recommends that transcripts be provided for pre-recorded audio content.
If you’re posting a podcast or audio recording on a Harvard website, you’ll need to include a transcript nearby the corresponding audio content, either by integrating the transcript on the same page as the audio, or linking to it.
Who benefits from transcripts?
Transcripts can provide equal access and effective communication for Deaf and hard of hearing people, which means that transcripts are essential in allowing full participation. But transcripts can also enhance the experience for non-native language speakers, people with learning disabilities, and anyone in a noisy environment.
Transcripts are also searchable, which can boost the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your content, and make it easier for listeners to find and return to relevant pieces of the audio.
How do I implement transcripts?
There are two primary approaches to producing pre-recorded transcripts. Select an approach that’s right for your project based on resources available, timeline, and workflow.