[Jen Rohrig](http://accessites.org/site/2009/09/online-video-captioning/) and I have something in common. We just avoid videos online because we know the chances of them having captions are slim.
The captions on a recent TV show were muddled (cut off sentences, combined words for non-sensical phrases), so I went online to see if I could view the episode online as a couple of networks have captioned their online episodes. Nope. I wasn’t disappointed because I already had low expectations. Then I saw Veronica Mars was trending on Twitter. Turned out the network released all of Season 1 episodes online. No captions. No surprise.
I agree with her following thoughts, “I’m not convinced that videos on YouTube should include compulsory captions. Usually these are made by fans or other individuals who probably don’t have the knowledge or money to caption their home-made videos. Captioning online videos is neither cheap nor easy and I’m not convinced it’s appropriate to make captioning mandatory for personal, home-made videos. On the other hand, making the tools available and suggesting the addition of captions is a different story…”
It’s getting easier. I’ve [captioned all of my own videos](http://youtube.com/user/meke). Of course, the videos don’t last more than a couple of minutes.
This [blog entry with a video](http://collegewebeditor.com/blog/index.php/archives/2009/09/03/find-out-how-closed-captioning-can-make-a-big-difference-for-your-online-videos/) from a graduation at Galluadet University shows how captions make a difference. I felt exactly like those kids did when I finally finished college at American University.