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Re: Carousel / Slider Visible Pause Button


From: Bim Egan
Date: Jul 30, 2012 7:24AM

Hi Pam

I can think of 3 user-centred arguments for having pause controls
permanently visible:
1. People who read slowler than the speed of the news ticker or who can't
read moving text at all have no visible clue that a means of pausing content
is made available. If they can cope with moving text on the page it may
not distract them, but they may not feel that they've been given access to
news headlines.
2. People who suffer from conditions that make reading content impossible
while there's moving content on the same page may well discover that the
mouse hover will pause the decorative carousel but as there's no visible
pause mechanism, they would feel that they have to keep the mouse over the
images while they read, which would in itself be distracting.
3. Keyboard only users who suffer from distraction may just leave the site
rather than try to locate a pause mechanism that, as far as they know, may
or may not exist.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Pamela Riesmeyer" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2012 1:26 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] Carousel / Slider Visible Pause Button

Hoping that I can get some help in making a case for a visible pause button
on a slide show / carousel widget. I have searched the forum and couldn't
find exactly what I'm looking for. If this has been answered before please
forgive me and point me to the posts.

Our developer wants to keep the slide show / carousel on our pages with a
very slow (6 second) fade and a pause when you hover over the image. He
also will put a pause control that will become visible via keyboard
navigation. The same will be true of the forward and backward buttons and
the buttons to choose a slide to view.

My argument is that we need to make the controls, including the pause
button, visible at all times, especially for mouse users who may not know
that hovering will stop the movement. I haven't found any specific
information to support my case other than intuition/common sense that
visible is better.

In this case, the slides are decorative, but the same arguments will be
made for the scrolling news feed and the stronger my case, the better.
Many thanks for any suggestions you might have.



Pamela Riesmeyer
Web Accessibility Coordinator
Purdue University Calumet
SKYPE: pamela.riesmeyer
Web Site: http://webs.purduecal.edu/webaccessibility