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A total of 25 streaming clips on this Web site have been enhanced with WGBH universal access tools, closed captioning (CC) and Descriptive Video Service® (DVS).

CC displays spoken dialogue as printed words over television and online video. Unlike subtitles, captions are specifically designed for viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing. Captions are carefully placed to identify speakers, on- and off-screen sound effects, music, and laughter.

DVS makes television programs, feature films, home videos, and other visual media accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. DVS describes key visual elements in a program that a viewer who is blind or visually impaired would ordinarily miss. Actions, costumes, gestures, and scene changes are just a few of the elements that, when described, engage the viewer in the story.

The Ten O'Clock News project is the first of its kind to provide this universal access to an online archival collection. The WGBH Media Archives and Preservation Center hopes that these technical enhancements will serve as a model to archives interested in providing greater access to their collections through an enhanced Web guide.

For more information about the Media Access Group at WGBH, visit their Web pages at

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