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Background changing


From: Gosia Wheeler
Date: May 22, 2017 2:15PM

I would like to hear your accessibility feedback on the following scenario:

I'm testing a desktop website with static text but the background image is changing. There are four different decorative images used for the background, shifting from one to the other every 9 seconds. There is sufficient contrast between the foreground text and the background image. Do you think it needs a Play/Pause button, or should the image rotation stop after a certain number of cycles, or maybe it is fine as is?

I'm concerned that for people with cognitive disabilities and those with low vision that magnify the screen, the background changing will be too confusing and they will not be able to tell if the images bring any value to the website experience or not.
Please share your feedback.