ACCESSIBLE CONTENT: Use a Time Stamp to Quickly Direct Users to a Section of Your Video

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Have a long demo video on YouTube? Need to direct users to a certain section of the video so no one has to sit through the whole presentation?

Make use of YouTube’s Time Stamps.

Simply add a time code to the end of the YouTube URL link for your video. When the prospect clicks the link, he/she will be taken to a timed point in the presentation.

EXAMPLE:

Let’s say your YouTube video URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20SHvU2PKsM [launch the video]

Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards Video

You want to direct the prospect to the 1 minute 10 second mark in the video.

The Time Stamp code for this would be #t=1m10s

Change the URL to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20SHvU2PKsM#t=1m10s [launch the video]

Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist at W3C

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