Closed Caption Blog

January 5th, 2023

AODA Website Compliance: Accessibility Online

The internet is central to our lives. However, we don’t all have the same experience when surfing the web. This is especially true if you are one of the many Canadians that live with physical or mental disabilities. You might rely on screen readers or other assistive technology to go online, or prefer sites that […]
A vintage television with a dark wood finish on a square, wooden platform. On the TV’s right side, a panel on which thin vertical slats for a speaker sit above two shiny dials for channels and volume. A silver matte separates the set’s frame and panel from the glass screen. The screen is filled by the image of a Canadian flag: two vertical red rectangles separated by a wider white rectangle with a red maple leaf at its center. Beneath the leaf’s stem, a black bar stretches horizontally across the TV screen. Inside the bar, in white capital letters: “Regulating captions in Canada.” September 9th, 2022

How Canada Ensures Access to Quality Closed Captioning

Accessibility in Today’s World  The world of accessibility and inclusivity is constantly growing, evolving and improving over time. For example, in recent years, globally, the fashion industry’s clothing brands have been ensuring their online shopping websites are more accessible. One way they do this is by including alternative text, which describes the content of images, […]
On the left, a painting of a man with wild grey hair and furrowed brow in a top coat over a red scarf and collared shirt. He looks up from the sheet music he writes on. On the right, a tall man and petite blonde woman at the 2021 Gotham Awards, clad in dark, formal attire. The man points to his right; the woman looks in the direction he points. May 16th, 2022

21 Hard of Hearing and Deaf Famous People

With The Canadian Hearing Society estimating that nearly 3.5 million Canadians are deaf or hard of hearing, it is no wonder that many famous deaf people have found mainstream success. That’s about 10% of the population! However, that’s not to say you’ll always realize these well-known famous deaf people and hard-of-hearing individuals are affected by […]
A bright and busy office space. A woman faces a double-screened computer monitor. On the left monitor, closed captioning software is open, with a rectangular video viewer above a horizontal timeline bar. The video viewer shows a young man in a blue suit facing forward from behind a news desk. He has olive skin, short hair and a cropped beard. Above him on the right, a boxed graphic of computer code on a black screen, and the text “massive hackers attack” beneath it. On the right-hand monitor, a full-screen version of the image in the viewer with a centred caption that reads: “I read the news today, oh boy.”​ April 1st, 2022

Transcriptionist vs Captioner — What Are the Differences?

When it comes to the role of a transcriptionist vs captioner, both professionals are involved in transcribing audio into text. However, the roles are more nuanced than that since transcripts and captions have different uses, advantages and legal requirements. We will delve into the differences in transcripts, captions and the people who create them below. […]
A young woman with brown hair and white skin wears a white blazer and sits at a desk. She is looking at a computer screen on which a virtual meeting with numerous participants is visible. A green plant is behind the computer and several books are on the desk. February 18th, 2022

7 Key Points to Hosting an Accessible Virtual Event

As a closed captioning company, CCS (Closed Caption Services) provides services not only to a number of broadcasters, but also to a wide array of companies holding online events. Many companies are hosting training programs, educational lectures, town halls – and CCS is regularly called upon to supply live, closed captioning for these events.  Recently […]
November 29th, 2021

The Ins and Outs of Described Video

The following program is available with Described Video. We’ve all been watching TV and at the beginning of a new program, have heard the announcer say, “the following program is available with Described Video”. Perhaps you hadn’t thought much of it when it was said, but did you know that, as with Closed Captioning, you […]
A woman wearing headphones is working at her computer with her hand on the mouse. August 5th, 2021

How to Become a Transcriber

There are many perks to becoming a transcriber. When you become a transcriber you are making a big difference in the lives of hard of hearing people and you will enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. You also have the flexibility to become a transcriber at home. However, it is not as simple […]
Illustration of a woman, smiling, sitting at a desk in front of a computer with her hands on the keyboard. On her screen the closed captioning symbol is visible in the bottom left corner. Other parts of her screen contain illegible text. Nondescript graphics hover above her head. April 20th, 2021

How to Provide Closed Captions Online

Are you organizing an online event? And wondering how to make it accessible? Organizing an online event does require some coordination and making it accessible to everyone is of great importance, which is why providing online closed captioning is becoming a crucial component of online meetings, lectures and other types of internet gatherings. The Deaf […]
With a blue backdrop, a '70s-style television set has a closed caption insert at the bottom of the screen which reads: The History of Closed Captioning February 25th, 2021

The History of Closed Captioning

Have you ever thought about how grateful you are for certain things? We all have. For instance, everyone can surely agree on universal gratitude for such wonderful inventions as coffee, the computer and the automobile.  There’s yet another invention that we should be grateful for that may not always come to mind — one which […]
January 28th, 2021

Reach More People Than Ever Before With Online Closed Captioning

Nowadays, we’re all working, chatting and socializing online, more than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all into a massive virtual connectedness we weren’t 100% prepared for. Decidedly, with all the technology we already had in place (i.e., the internet, smartphones, sophisticated apps), it allowed for a relatively painless transition from real world […]