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Re: Background music autoplaying?


From: Jonathan Avila
Date: Apr 30, 2017 4:53PM

It's my understanding that Chrome has a hidden feature to mute tabs http://www.omgchrome.com/how-to-enable-tab-mute-chrome-feature/. There are also extensions that add a keyboard shortcut to enable this. I haven't tried this extension but this popped-up when I Googled muting tabs https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mute-tab-shortcuts/opcjanmpjbdbdpnjfjbboacibokblbhl?hl=en


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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jonathan H
Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:09 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Background music autoplaying?

On 29 April 2017 at 10:34, Patrick H. Lauke < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> But in general, if you can avoid having autoplaying audio/music in the
> first place, that'd be best.

Well, that's what I thought.

This post came from a conversation where a screenreader user said that if I as I was contacting this organisation anyway, could I mention that their autoplay makes it difficult for screenreader users, as he had tried to contact them and go no reply. So I tried it myself, found the same, mentioned it as part of my email, and got pretty short shrift in reply!

The person I was speaking to who brought this to my attention uses IE and Jaws on Windows 7. There is a recording below I just made on my own Windows 10 PC - the first 15 seconds is what I hear with Chromevox, the remainder of the minute is with Firefox and NVDA.


The reason I posted here was in case me and screenreader user were doing something wrong.

Looking at the page code, it looks like it is a microsoft embedded plugin so it might be Mac users that don't get autoplay - all the controls, visibility and so on are hidden, and the audio is set to autoplay in the background on page load, so I cannot see any way that a user could stop the playback.