What is the difference between simple and accessible subtitles?

When is a video actually accessible?

And what distinguishes accessible subtitling?

A young man watches a video with accessible subtitles on a computer screen.
Subtitles facilitate video reception!

Below you will find:

When is a video accessible?

What are the characteristics of simple subtitles?

What other information do accessible subtitles contain?

Example video! Differences between simple and accessible subtitles

Accessible subtitles: what makes them special

Further questions and answers

When is a video accessible?

In order to meet the needs of different target groups, a video that is available online must be accessible on different levels.

This includes:

An accessible and usable integration into the website.

The provision of subtitling primarily for people with hearing disabilities.

The provision of audio description primarily for people with visual impairments.

Therefore, already during the video production, it should be considered that enough space is left in the picture and sound for subtitling and audio description. A slower speaking pace and comprehensible language also make it easier for different user groups to understand the video.

! Non-native speakers or mobile users who want to watch videos in public also use subtitles.

! Subtitles make websites more search engine friendly.

What are the characteristics of simple subtitles?

Our specifications for subtitles contain both information on Presentation and form of the subtitles as well as the content design. You can find our offer here.

Generally, subtitles contain all oral statements of the persons appearing in a video. To make the subtitles easy to read, these statements are slightly smoothed. This means that grammatical errors, for example incorrect sentence structure or repeated words, are corrected. This makes short and easily understandable subtitles possible.

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What other information do accessible subtitles contain?

Our range of subtitles includes not only simple subtitlesbut also Accessible subtitles. Accessible subtitles also include all verbal statements in a video. In the case of accessible subtitles, smoothing is only applied if the grammatical error is not of important significance for overall comprehension.

Here is an example:

A person who stutters is interviewed on the topic of stuttering. So the person's stuttering is important to understand why this person is being interviewed on this specific topic. The stuttering should be included in the subtitling.

Generally speaking:

Accessible subtitles contain all the acoustic information necessary for the full understanding of a video. They are intended to enable comprehensive reception of the video.

Subtitles are intended to give people with hearing disabilities the same level of knowledge as hearing people, but not to give them a head start.

Good to know:

Text fidelity is particularly important with accessible subtitles. Deafness is a spectrum and many people with hearing impairment are not completely deaf. People with residual hearing use the audio track and the subtitles simultaneously. High consistency between audio and text is therefore essential.


The following sample video illustrates the differences between simple and accessible subtitles:


Video description: The same video runs twice side by side. Several sailors in dark blue uniforms are in a submarine. The submarine is on a diving trip in the sea. The video on the left contains simple subtitles, which only contain the oral statements of the persons. The video on the right contains accessible subtitles which, in addition to the oral statements of the persons, also inform about further acoustic information such as sounds and music.

In addition to the oral statements of the persons, the following acoustic information is subtitled in the case of accessible subtitles:

Sounds: For example, bells ringing, dogs barking or a car braking.

Example: [The cock crows]

                               [Mobile phone rings.]

Annotation of a speech: Striking stresses are marked.

Example: [whispering] Shh, be quiet.

                              [Anna, what are you doing?

Voices from the off: If it is not clear who is speaking, it is informed.

Example: [via telephone] Hello, this is Tom.

                               [Woman] Help!

Dealing with music: Lyrics may be reproduced and song titles and performers mentioned. If the music contributes to the mood of the scene or the piece of music cannot be identified, the music is briefly described.

Example: [Song: Abba - Dancing Queen]

                               [Music: Mozart - The Little Magic Flute]

                               [happy home song]

                               [Love song]


Further questions and answers

When is a video accessible?

In order for a video to be accessible, subtitles and audio description must be provided, among other things. abtipper.de creates your accessible subtitles!

What are accessible subtitles?

In general, subtitles contain all oral statements of the persons appearing in a video. Accessible subtitles additionally contain all acoustic information that is necessary for the full understanding of a video. This includes sounds and music. Click here for more information!

Where can I order subtitles?

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