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Provide a text alternative to your videos

While you may have produced captions or audio description to enhance your videos, some users will rely on a text alternative to get the information. Providing a full text transcript of a video, including links to any calls to action, can help make it more accessible.

What to do

  • Provide a full text transcript for your video and link to it from near the original content.
  • If the video needs audio description, make sure that is also in place.


  • You may have fulfilled this Guideline if you chose to meet Guideline 1.2.3 with a text transcript and then fulfilled Guideline 1.2.5 with audio description.
  • A good transcript contains all information in the video, such as visual cues, description and dialogue attribution.


If the video is itself an alternative, you don’t need to add a transcript.

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  • Jeremiah Madsen

    What is the best way to attach a full text transcript? As a PDF? Are there established guidelines or standards for how to format the full text transcript (e.g. font size, indentation, include occasional time stamps, etc)? I’ve looked for examples online but I haven’t been able to find any.

    • Hi, I recommend a HTML page rather than PDFas they’re more reliably accessible if built right. No real format you have to use (of course following the other guidelines on content) but I find that using sections to indicate scenes, changes of voice or description of information thats not spoken works well. Happy to look over anything you have.