Pause, stop or mute audio

Definition Media content with audio that automatically starts playing when the page loads and lasts longer than 3 seconds must provide a means for the user able to stop, pause or mute the audio content.
Purpose
  • Audio content interferes with people using speech based assistive technologies like screen readers.
Required Yes for HTML4 Legacy Techniques ruleset mapping
WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria

1.4.2 Audio Control (Level A, Primary Success Criterion)

Rule Category Audio/Video
Scope Page
Target Resources Content that is used to auto play media that includes audio content
Techniques
  • Remove or disable the auto playing of media that includes audio content.
  • Provide a means to pause, stop or mute the audio content.
  • Use cookies to perserve the user peference of pausing, stopping or muting the audio content.
Manual Checks
  • Verify that there is no media content that plays automatically and includes audio content that lasts longer than 3 seconds. If the audio content lasts longer than 3 seconds, verify the user can pause, stop or mute the audio.
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