Vimeo is committed to empowering creators of all kinds with the tools they need to succeed with video. Part of that success means offering a fully accessible player that can reach any audience, regardless of their cognitive, visual, or physical abilities. 

For that reason, today we’re announcing some exciting updates that will make the Vimeo player more accessible for all. More on that – and what’s changing — below.

WCAG compliance

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a set of web standards that ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. There are three levels of compliance within these guidelines: A, AA, and AAA — the last being the most accessible a website can be. Today’s updates bring the Vimeo player into compliance with AA standards. You can read more about the criteria here.

What’s new on the Vimeo player: 

+ Higher color contrast: To ensure users of all sight abilities can fully experience videos on Vimeo, our player will now maintain a default color contrast ratio, in compliance with AA standards

+ Clearer focus states: For users who rely on their keyboards to navigate, we’ve added changes that make it clear which element in the player is active at any given time. Users will now see a blue or white box around the active element, with a high color contrast.

+ Better support for screen readers: For users who rely on screen readers (e.g. JAWS, NVDA), we ensure that any element in the Vimeo player can be read accordingly.

Why did we make these changes?

Accessibility creates a sense of belonging by being inclusive. This means giving all individuals the opportunity to participate, in every aspect, to the fullest extent possible. Accessibility is not limited to varying abilities; everyone can benefit when something is accessible. For example, lots of people whose hearing is not impaired use subtitles. It’s a win across the board.

In our last big player update, we added support for captions and subtitles across multiple devices. This was a huge step in making our player more accommodating. While the changes we are announcing today may not be as outwardly noticeable, they are imperative for expanding accessibility to our player. 

What’s next?

Over the past year, we’ve made a huge push to make sure every aspect of our work and our environment at Vimeo is inclusive. We’re passionate about accessibility, and we’re actively working on making Vimeo products more accessible, too.

The changes we’re rolling out today are an opportunity for us to better understand our products. They also help lay the groundwork for expanding accessibility features to other parts of Vimeo. 

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