I wrote on Oct. 6 that captions benefits everyone, because it provides access to reading. Now there’s another immense benefit: Hulu.com has a new feature which allows searching by captions. What this means is if the title of a movie or show is forgotten, you can search for it by quotes you may remember in the movie. Searching for text in videos makes them so much easier to find.
Read about the advanced search functionality at Hulu. The irony? The tutorial video, found on the bottom left, isn’t captioned. Still, when the benefits of captions search becomes more apparent, video content providers will see no choice but to offer captions for more online videos. They want their videos to be discovered.
If more benefits can be found for captions, all the more power to the deaf. YouTube recently added auto-caption capability, and no doubt exists they will add the ability to search for videos based on captions. Soon, it will be a standard by which everyone wins.