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AFB Releases Fully Accessible Video Player with HTML5 Controls

Published: January 15, 2016 at 3:01PM

Developed by the American Foundation® for the Blind (AFB), this fully accessible, embedded video player with HTML5 controls includes the following features:

  • Controls are labeled with text and include keyboard commands, so they work with any kind of assistive technology, and can also be used with a mouse

  • Can be used as an embedded YouTube player or as a standard player.

  • Closed-caption on/off controls

  • Custom control layout supports English and Spanish languages

screenshot of accessible player showing keyboard-user-friendly controls
The player is now available under a General Public License version 3 to any organization or developer who wants to make it easy for people who are blind or visually impaired to play videos online, something that can be fraught with accessibility challenges. We are pleased to announce that Version 1.1 introduced on/off controls for closed-captioned videos. Here's a short form to complete in order to download the American Foundation for the Blind Accessible Video Player files and instructions for installing it on your website.


Watch a video of how it works | Questions? View the support forum here | Used it? Give feedback here