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Preliminary Issues

Note that closed captions play a broader role than the subtitles you may have seen in foreign movies or DVDs. That’s because most subtitles assume that the viewer can hear, but doesn’t understand the language. For this reason, noises such as gunshots, screams, music welling up, dogs barking, and cars beeping may not be noted in the subtitle text.

Closed captions assume that the viewer cannot hear. For that reason, to comply with Section 508, closed captions must “contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content.” If you’re producing a DVD for government use, you’ll need to add all the audio cues necessary to satisfy this requirement.


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