Tony Hirst has just blogged about the Office for Disability Issues new accessible media player AKA the "Most Accessible Media Player on the Web". Both he and Will Woods have alluded to work that The Open University is undertaking. I thought I'd fill in the gaps.
The OU is at the start of a 6 month development to create a multimedia player that (we hope):
- Will be an "attractive" player that the average designer/ blogger would be happy to use on their site.
- Can be used in a variety of contexts - our Moodle-based virtual learning environment, OpenLearn, OU-Drupal sites, blogs, Cloudworks...
- Will deliver content mostly from the OU podcast site in the contexts mentioned above.
- Will be accessible to users with disabilities - both in terms of control, and display of alternatives like transcripts and captions.
- Usable on a variety of devices, including mobiles and tablets.
- Will be delivered in a maintainable way.