Use the YouTube Video zone to insert a link to a YouTube video into a message or template.
NOTE: To learn more about the Message Editor and Zones, including how to add them to a message, see Message Editor - Zones.
After specifying the URL of the video, you can "dress up" the link to have it display as an image; one that YouTube generates or you can upload your own (Browse button).
NOTE: The width limit for an image is 650 pixels. You will be alerted if your image is wider than this, along with a recommendation to edit the image.
When the image has been inserted, the Edit as Copy button displays below the image, which you can click to make changes to it.
NOTE: Updating an image results in it being saved as a copy of the original, and you will have an opportunity to give it a unique name.
Click Properties to customize the image's properties or click Insert to finish.
Optional video properties
The options described below are optional.
- Click the Alignment dropdown to select the horizontal alignment of the image.
- Specify numeric values in the HSpace and VSpace fields.
- HSpace - Use this to create spacing to the left and right of the image.
- VSpace - Use this to create spacing above and below the image.
- Specify alternative text in the Alt Text field; refer to Alternative text, below, for information.
- The URL of the video displays in the Link URL or Email Address field; click Edit Link to change it.
- Click Advanced - Edit CSS to expand two additional options (these options are meant for users experienced in CSS):
- Class - Here, you can provide a predefined CSS class to apply to the image.
- Style - In this field, you can enter the exact CSS values with which you'd like to style the image.
Alternative text in your messages
Alternative text is a "supporting feature" of web-based images and a basic tenet of good accessible web design.
When you use alternative text in your messages, the text that you specify:
- displays in place of the image if the inserted image fails to load and
- is read by screen-reading tools to describe the image to the visually impaired.
Because your image is actually a decorative link to a video, make sure that it's alternative text clearly describes its purpose.
EXAMPLE: For this video-link image:
"Rider leaning motorcycle around turn with fans in background"
accurately describes the image but is not helpful as alternative text. Whereas:
"Link to motorcycle racing highlights video"
is a much better indicator of the image's purpose: it links to a video about motorcycle racing.