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Chapter 11. Producing and Deploying Clos... > Creating Your Captioning Standard

Creating Your Captioning Standard

There are few absolute right or wrong precedents in captioning; what’s most important is to be consistent in how captions are created and applied. Before creating your first closed-captioned text, you should define the conventions you’ll use to produce your closed captions. I’ll cover a list of decisions to consider when creating your captioning standards, along with some suggested approaches.

In formulating these standards, I relied heavily on the standards and practices used by the Media Access Group at WGBH in Boston, the world’s first captioning agency. The people there have been delivering accessible media to disabled adults, students, and their families, teachers, and friends for more than 30 years. Certain areas I address are largely paraphrased from materials from the Media Access Group, with the group’s gracious permission. You can find the Media Access Group’s excellent captioning the guide at http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/mag/services/captioning/faq/sugg-styles-conv-faq.html#copy.


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