Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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G60: Playing a sound that turns off automatically within three seconds


Applies to all technologies except those for voice interaction.

This technique relates to:


The purpose of this technique is to allow authors to play a sound on their Web page but avoid the problem of users not being able to use their screen readers due to interference by the content sound. It also allows the author to avoid putting controls on the Web page to control the sound - and the problem faced by users with screen readers in finding the control (when unable to hear their screen reader).

The technique is simple. The sound plays for 3 or less seconds and stops automatically.



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  1. Load the Web page

  2. Check that all sound that plays automatically stops in 3 seconds or less

Expected Results

If this is a sufficient technique for a success criterion, failing this test procedure does not necessarily mean that the success criterion has not been satisfied in some other way, only that this technique has not been successfully implemented and can not be used to claim conformance.