WordPress Video Embedder

So it’s been a few weeks since that “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” video was taken, and I finally decided to post it (mostly because I couldn’t find a free way to extract the audio from the video…) Today began the search for a brilliant method of doing so.

I already knew that the embed tag that YouTube distributes is not a valid part of the current World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. As a freelance Web site designer, I have made a commitment to ensure that all pages I create validate with the W3C.

I tried a few things that threw my WordPress theme all out of whack, each time going back to the Google board. ;)

And then, finally, I stumbled upon a great video plugin called, simply, Video Embedder. It was very easy to install and easy to add to my post It validates perfectly (XHTML 1.0 Strict), and it flows perfectly with my theme!

The list of supported video sites is long: YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, Myspace, and Godtube, just to name a handful. Plus, the Video Embedder claims to work with both Quicktime and Windows Media formats.

The only problem I have with the Video Embedder is that it’s not accessible, which in this case means that it can’t be utilized by people who have to use screen readers to browse the Internet. That capability would make it a perfect plugin, in my opinion.

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  1. Hi, I’m the author of Video Embedder

    I’m glad to hear that you like the plugin! =)

    It would be interesting to hear what you thing I should improve to get it accessible, you are more than welcome to either leave a comment on the plugin page or to contact me directly via email or the contact form on my web page.


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