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CDOT and Firefox improve web video capabilities

A new way to display subtitles for online video has been developed at the Centre for Open Technologies (CDOT). The Centre worked with Mozilla to include WebVTT in its web products including the Firefox web browser and the Firefox OS for smartphones.



WebVTT allows captions, subtitles, translations and other text to play at the correct time during a video. That means videos hosted online can include this information without the need for further programming and the captions/subtitles are accessible.



A number of students and faculty began this work as an applied research project in the classroom. It was later completed by CDOT alum Rick Erye through a research grant between Seneca, Mozilla, and the Canadian government.