Provide users with control over animations in the carousel. Pausing animation is essential for people who find movement distracting or who need more time to read.

Add Play/Stop button

Provide a button to allow users to stop and resume animation. The example below illustrates how such a button can be marked-up. The button label and its function changes, depending on whether the animation is currently running or not.

Code snippet: While animation is running
<button data-action="stop"><span class="visuallyhidden">Stop Animation </span></button>
Code snippet: While animation is stopped
<button data-action="start"><span class="visuallyhidden">Start Animation </span></button>

Note: The JavaScript only replaces the value of the <button> element and its attributes. Replacing the entire button would result in loss of keyboard focus.

Pause on mouse hover and keyboard focus

Pause the carousel animation when the mouse pointer is hovering over the carousel or when it receives keyboard focus. Pausing on mouse hover is useful for people who need more time to read the content and makes it easier to click links in the carousel. Keyboard users do not lose their position when the carousel is paused.

Code snippet:
carousel.addEventListener('mouseenter', suspendAnimation);
carousel.addEventListener('mouseleave', startAnimation);

  function(event) {
    if (!hasClass(, 'slide')) {
  function(event) {
    if (!hasClass(, 'slide')) {

Note: The focusin and focusout events are defined in the W3C Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Events Specification (Working Draft) and implemented in many browsers. Firefox needs a short polyfill at the time of publication of this tutorial.

Hiding transitioning elements from assistive technologies

During transitions, the current and next items are visible. This also means that those two items are available to assistive technologies, with the current item disappearing, which can be confusing to screen reader users.

In the following example, the item that is being activated gets an in-transition class that makes it visible. The aria-hidden is attribute set to true to hide the item from assistive technologies. When the transition completes, the aria-hidden attribute is removed.

Code snippet: JavaScript

slides[new_next].className = 'next slide'
  + ((transition == 'next') ? ' in-transition' : '');
slides[new_next].setAttribute('aria-hidden', 'true');

slides[new_prev].className = 'prev slide'
  + ((transition == 'prev') ? ' in-transition' : '');
slides[new_prev].setAttribute('aria-hidden', 'true');

slides[new_current].className = 'current slide';

These tutorials provide best-practice guidance on implementing accessibility in different situations. This page combined the following WCAG 2.0 success criteria and techniques from different conformance levels:

Success Criteria:

  • 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide: For moving, blinking, scrolling, or auto-updating information, all of the following are true:

    • Moving, blinking, scrolling: For any moving, blinking or scrolling information that (1) starts automatically, (2) lasts more than five seconds, and (3) is presented in parallel with other content, there is a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it unless the movement, blinking, or scrolling is part of an activity where it is essential; and

    • Auto-updating: For any auto-updating information that (1) starts automatically and (2) is presented in parallel with other content, there is a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it or to control the frequency of the update unless the auto-updating is part of an activity where it is essential.

    (Level A)