Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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F61: Failure of Success Criterion 3.2.5 due to complete change of main content through an automatic update that the user cannot disable from within the content



This failure relates to:


This document describes a failure that occurs when the content filling the user's entire viewport is automatically updated, and the content does not contain options for disabling this behavior.


Failure Example 1:

A news site automatically refreshes itself to ensure that it has the newest headlines. There is no option to disable this behavior.

Failure Example 2:

A slideshow fills the entire viewport and advances to the next slide automatically. There is no stop button.


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  1. open the content

  2. leave the content open for 24 hours

  3. check if the content changed

  4. confirm that the content does not contain any settings to disable automatic changes

Expected Results

  1. If both 3 and 4 are true, then this failure condition applies and the content fails this Success Criterion.