Rule: Audio Control

Rule ID Audio 2
Conformance Required
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.
  • Individuals who use screen reading technologies can hear the screen reader without other sounds playing. This is especially important for those who are hard of hearing and for those whose screen readers use the system volume (so they cannot turn sound down and screen reader up).
  • People who have difficulty focusing on visual content (including text) benefit when audio is playing.
Conformance Required
WCAG Success Criteria

Success Criterion 1.4.2 Audio Control

Rule Category Audio/Video
Rule Scope Page
  • 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 preserve the user preference of pausing, stopping or muting the audio content.
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