HighEdWeb2008 Conference: Infinite Solutions

Session Details

The Accessible Video Interface

UAD9 Usability, Accessibility, and Design Track

Plaster Student Union Traywick Parliamentary Room


The age of video on the Web is here! Both content creators and users have high expectations and you may become caught in the middle. Learn how to create an accessible media interface that will allow your institution to deliver high quality Flash video with closed captioning, convey a consistent design across your Web presence, and remain easy to maintain even after your "small" project is unexpectedly scaled to include hundreds of videos.

First, we will take a look at the options for compressing the video content into the Flash FLV format. Next, we will create captions using the Media Access Generator (MAGpie) provided by the National Center for Accessible Media. This free application is easy to learn and exports captions into the W3C supported dfxp.xml timed-text authoring format. With the separate components ready, it is time to dive into Flash and start laying out a video player. I will show you that it is possible to create an interface customized to the look and feel of your institution. We will also explore the code needed to dynamically insert the individual video and caption files.


Gabriel McGovern
Web Designer, Portland Community College

Gabriel McGovern has a Bachelors in Computer Science, with a minor in Fine Art. He has a passion for good user interface design and is currently the lead web designer for Portland Community College, where he works with a small but very dedicated team who is charged with providing web services for the entire PCC community.