Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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F23: Failure of 1.4.2 due to playing a sound longer than 3 seconds where there is no mechanism to turn it off

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Applies to all technologies except those for voice interaction.

This failure relates to:


This describes a failure condition for Success Criteria involving sound. If sound does not turn off automatically within 3 seconds and there is no way to turn the sound off then Success Criterion 1.4.2 would not be met. Sounds that play over 3 seconds when there is no mechanism to turn off the sound included in the content would fall within this failure condition.


Failure Example 1

  • A site that plays continuous background music

Failure Example 2

  • A site with a narrator that lasts more than 3 seconds before stopping, and there is no mechanism to stop it.


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  1. Check that there is a way in a Web page to turn off any sound that plays automatically for more than three seconds.

Expected Results