2005 was a momentous year for YouTube:
youtube.comdomain name was created on February 14th.
On April 23rd, the first video was uploaded to the site where it remains to this day. It’s called Me at the Zoo and is 19secs long. 27.8m views and counting! :)
On November 7th, YouTube announced it had received $3.5m in funding from a venture capital firm.
And on December 15th, according to this Business Insider article, YouTube officially launched out of beta.
Accessibility wasn’t a priority in those early days, but YouTube has come a long way in 10 years. Below are my tips for using the HTML5 player with a screen reader.
Earlier today, Roger Benz of the Google Accessibility Team announced the release of five videos on YouTube to help blind and visually impaired people get started with Google Docs, Drives, Slides, and Sheets using the NVDA screen reader with the Firefox web browser on Windows:
- Switch to the New Google Drive Using a Screen Reader
- Getting Started with Google Drive Using a Screen Reader
- Getting Started with Google Docs Using a Screen Reader
- Getting Started with Google Sheets Using a Screen Reader
- Getting Started with Google Slides Using a Screen Reader