Closed captions make video content accessible to individuals who are hard of hearing or Deaf and also benefits those for whom English is not their first language. The FCC has released best practices for the captioning of television shows which are equally applicable to captioning online video content. According to these standards, captions must be:
As accessibility becomes more of a focus for web designers and developers, many video creation and hosting applications have added features to make captioning easier. YouTube offers particularly robust features for adding captions to your videos. This video demonstrates how to upload a video to YouTube and then add captions directly within the YouTube interface.