Accessible Interface to YouTube

A recent message on the WebAIM mailing list talked about a more accessible interface for YouTube. This was created by a student investigating the impact of web 2.0 apps on people who are blind.


This isn’t necessarily a finished product but does seem to work well. It is particularly nice if you are using a screen reader and browser that support ARIA live updating. This is a technology that allows web page changes to be announced automatically to the screen reading user.


The accessible interface to YouTube can be accessed at As an example in this version, ARIA live updates are used to announce video states such as buffering, playing and paused.


This is a research project so the developer is looking for feedback. Consider dropping by the page and completing a short questionnaire.


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