Embed YouTube videos--the UBCMS has no native player.
Last reviewed: May 24, 2022
We recommend YouTube as a video hosting platform. YouTube is used widely around the world -- the second most searched site after Google.com -- and is reasonably easy to use. In additionn to being free, it provides a good closed captioning service to help satisfy ADA accessibility requirements. The UBCMS Video and Video Galley components allow YouTube videos to be quickly loaded on your pages where they can be played in place by your site visitors.
YouTube aggressively removes videos that do not clearly meet copyright restrictions. Suspect videos may vanish without warning. If you produce YouTube videos, be sure to follow their copyright guidelines. > read more about YouTube copyright
> Consider pulling content from these major university channels
As an alternative to YouTube, consider UB's Panopto video recording software. > embedding Panopto
These components all support YouTube videos.
Alternative text ('Alt text') is a best practice for all your UBCMS images and is often required for accessibility so screen readers can tell visually disabled users what they are not seeing.
Purely decorative images can be set as "This image does not require Alt text" in many components. This nullifies any Alt text that was already entered.
Captions -- Some components (e.g. Photo) support a nested Caption that can serve in place of Alt text, provided the Caption provides a meaningful description of the image.
However, Alt text is required in these contexts:
* When the image is a link, the Alt text should support the function of the link, not the image. Screen readers will treat this image as a standard link.
Alt text can be added to images in Assets. This is required for images that are then used in the Photo Gallery component, while it can also be used as an alternate source for Alt text in some components (e.g. the Photo setting 'Get Alt text from Assets').
The user should control carousels, slideshows and video, so they are not confused by unexpected behavior and to provide enough time for them to process each segment.
These recommendations are supported by default in UBCMS carousel, slideshow and video components. Please comply with this best practice if you embed external video or animations.
Videos that automatically popup, autoplay, or loop can be confusing for some users, and will probably annoy everyone in general. It is always best to let the user decide how to interact with your website.
Video must also have controls to start/stop and replay, which are standard for YouTube, which is why we recommend its use.
Best practice: keep the default settings when using the Video component.
All videos on UBCMS websites must have captions. An additional transcript is optional, but if provided, should be closely associated with the video player. Captions (and transcripts) support those who cannot see or hear your video.
Best practice: captions are most easily added using the automated tools on YouTube, even if the final placement is not in that platform.