WEB DEV ACCESSIBILITY TIP: When Meta Refresh Sours

Keyboard with Refresh button, internet concept

Using meta refresh tags on your website pages?

Warning

If you have set a META REFRESH element with a non-zero timeout to automatically refresh the page in a certain number of seconds, this causes an unexpected interruption for screen reader users. This also takes control of the website page away from the user.

Example

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”10″>

Best Practice

If you have to use a META REFRESH element, set the refresh time to zero. This will prompt an immediate redirect, and will not be perceived as a change of context.

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0″>

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