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deborah ([personal profile] deborah) wrote in [site community profile] dw_accessibility2013-07-19 12:53 am

youtube / vimeo links without flash

I think there's only one accessibility feature in tonight's code push (except that all the various other little clarifications, doc fixes, etc are also accessibility wins, but this is the big one).

Youtube and vimeo video embeds require flash to control. Many of us can't easily access the Flash controls (and many people have problems with flash a number of reasons). This patch puts a plain HTML link to the video outside the Flash, so you can open it up at the Vimeo and Youtube sites, where you might have more control. For example, you might have YouTube configured to autoplay, or configured to use their much more accessible HTML5 player, but that only works if you're at their site.

Also coming imminently but not here tonight, the links will also contain the title of the video, so you know what it is before you follow the link. We just need to finish some paperwork with youtube to enable that functionality.

Examples below the cut.

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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2013-07-19 05:38 am (UTC)(link)
The silently redirecting htm & HTML should be a distinct boon as well.
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[personal profile] marahmarie 2013-07-25 06:38 am (UTC)(link)
It is, in fact, the neatest thing, because I am forever typing .htm and leaving the "l" off for some reason that only my brain knows and is not sharing with me or anyone else, ever.
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2013-07-25 06:44 am (UTC)(link)

I was raised in the land of obligatory three-letter file type extensions, with an optional second three letter set if the first one wasn't enough. File names longer than eight letters were so amazing.

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[personal profile] musyc 2013-07-26 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
To this day I find it very difficult to let a file have a long name. I still try to make it as short as possible. XD
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[personal profile] jeshyr 2013-07-26 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
LOL I'm fine with relatively long names but I still have issues with voluntarily putting spaces in filenames - I'm just as likely to join the words with hyphens even after 10+ years of Mac use!
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[personal profile] musyc 2013-07-26 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
Underscores are my friends! XD I swear, every time I try to give a file a long name, I forget what it is by morning, but name it something like ffw_hp05 and I know *exactly* what it is years later.
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[personal profile] musyc 2013-07-19 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
I have placeholders for videos. I can see the links for the vids, but they're inside the placeholder. Is that intended or possibly something weird with Android Firefox?
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[personal profile] kate_nepveu 2013-07-19 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Happening on Opera for Windows, too (and when I click to load the video, the link shows up twice). This is entirely functional for me, but again, may not be intended.

(This is so cool!)
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[personal profile] musyc 2013-07-26 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
Clickable without activating the placeholder - yes. That's working fine. I have the same thing happening as kate_nepveu reports, where loading the vid results in two links (both again inside the placeholder). It's functional, no problem with thst. I just wasn't sure if that was intentional behavior or a strange thing with mobile and/or placeholders.
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[personal profile] pauamma 2013-07-19 07:33 am (UTC)(link)
And for low-bandwidth connections, there's youtube-dl and similar utilities to download videos for offline watching.
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[personal profile] wychwood 2013-07-19 08:03 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, sweet - I don't need this for accessibility reasons, but I use video placeholders, and this will make things a lot easier! Very nice.
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[personal profile] juliet316 2013-07-19 08:21 am (UTC)(link)
Would this workaround work with vids as well?
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[staff profile] denise 2013-07-20 01:38 pm (UTC)(link)
It doesn't work for every video source, no -- it's actually a real pain in the ass to do. I'm not even sure if DailyMotion's widget would support the way we did it, but you could always make a suggestion!
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2013-07-19 11:14 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] aveleh 2013-07-19 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, this is so nice! For me, my use cases are: more easily able to bookmark for later and more easily able to open using my mouseless browsing shortcuts.

<3 <3 <3