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FCC Invites Comments on Accessibility of User Interfaces and Digital Video Navigation

May 30, 2013
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Matter of Accessibility of User Interface, and Video Programming Guides and Menus [MB Docket No. 12-108]. The NPRM requests input on defining the scope of Sections 204 and 205 of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) which require user interfaces and navigation devices for video programming to be accessible to people with vision loss.

Specifically, The FCC seeks comment on the definitions of “navigation devices” and “digital apparatus” in addition to which essential user functions on these devices should be required to be made accessible by providing audio output for people who are blind or have low vision. In addition, the FCC seeks comment on whether activation of video description of user interfaces can be encompassed in the rules which require “closed captioning or accessibility features” to be activated “through a mechanism reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon,” and whether video description of user interfaces can be required to “be activated (and deactivated) in a single step.” The FCC also seeks comment on compliance deadlines, means of enforcement and sunsetting the analog closed caption requirement.

Initial comments are due 25 days after publication in the Federal Register, and reply comments are due 50 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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