ACCESSIBLE WEB DEV: Beware the Automatic Refresh

Four multi-colored refresh buttons

Do you have a web page that uses a script to periodically refresh the entire page so the latest news articles can display?

If so, you are out of compliance with WCAG 2.1 3.2.5 Change on Request (Level AAA).

Why? A script like this causes screen readers to re-read the entire page with every refresh.

SOLUTION: Remove the script causing the automatic refresh. Provide an “Update now” button that the web page visitor can use to request a refresh of the content.


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