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Re: Accessible story carousel


From: Joe Chidzik
Date: Dec 20, 2012 3:11AM

> It has a news type carousel, where there really is only one news story template, but
> it changes every 10 to 20 seconds, often causeing the focus of both Jaws and
> NVDA to jump around.

[Joe Chidzik]
This will also potentially cause problems for sighted users too, who may find these frequent updates intrusive or distracting. This is covered by 2.2.2 Pause, stop, hide. One way of addressing this, which would help in this case, is by adding a pause button to allow users to pause the frequent news story updates. See http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/time-limits-pause.html for more info.

I'm surprised that the screenreader is being disrupted by the appearance of this new content. It sounds like there is some scripting which moves the focus to these news stories when they are updated on the page, or that the new story section is coded as an ARIA live region, in which case the screenreader user will be interrupted when the story is changed, and the new content read out. From your description, it doesn't sound a suitable scenario for ARIA live regions but it would be useful if you could provide a link to the page.