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Web Accessibility Policy of the State of Maine

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Implementation Guidelines

6. Audio

6.1 - Do not convey information with sound alone.

What:
It is possible to use sound for a variety of purposes, including presenting warning signals, cues, or verbal instructions.

Why:
Users who are deaf or hard of hearing may miss information provided only through sound.

How:
Whenever significant information is provided by sound, include a visual indicator that provides the same information as well.

Ref: WCAG 1.1; 508 a

6.2 - Provide text transcripts for audio containing speech.

What:
"Audio containing speech" includes audio recordings or live broadcasts of speeches, seminars, conferences, etc. A text transcript is a word-for-word written record of the spoken content of such an event.

Why:
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may require text transcripts to access audio information.

How:
Provide a link to a text (or HTML) transcript of any audio presented on a web site. Transcripts should be posted within 48 hours of a request for the data.

Ref: WCAG 1.1; 508 a