Accessible LibGuides

The content on this page is copied from the D4D Accessibility Guide created by the NYU Libraries' LibGuide Remediation Project in 2019-2020 and presented in the "Building a Culture of Accessibility Through LibGuides" workshop presented at Designing for Digital 2021.

Best Practices for Video and Media

If you are going to add video content to your guide do so using the Media Asset tool.

  • That will allow you to embed content from YouTube or other sources that you can reuse across multiple guides and update more easily using the Asset Management tools.
  • Be careful not to set the video to autoplay when you embed it.
  • If you embed videos, but captions and transcripts aren't available from the media widget viewer, also include a link to the video directly and add a description for that link that indicates to the user that captions, transcripts, audio description, etc. can be found at the link. (See example regarding YouTube video on Closed Captions below.) 
  • Add a <title> attribute to the embed code if video is using an iFrame
    • The <title> should be the title of the video
    • Some media widgets will default to the software name not the title of the content.

If you are linking to someone else’s video try to select content that has captions and a transcript.

  • If you have no alternative resource make it clear in the link text that the video is not accessible.
  • Reach out to the video owner and ask them to consider adding captions and a transcript. You may find they agree.

If you're creating video content

  • Build captioning into your video planning and overall workflow
  • Find out what captioning resources your organization provides or are approved for video content creators


  • Some video platforms can provide automated captioning. Be aware that automated captions will need to be reviewed so be prepared to spend the time to do it (and/or get help).
  • You may need to spend at least double the length of your video captioning and/or reviewing captions