Make sure that the sound that starts playing automatically can be turned off or stopped within 3 seconds

Do not allow the sound to play automatically after a page loads, or at least make sure that the sound does not last for more than 3 seconds. It can be distracting for the visitors using reading software if the sound starts playing automatically. Then they can no longer properly hear the voice of the reading software. It can also distract visitors who have trouble concentrating.

The sound that starts playing automatically should be easy to pause, stop, or be turned down. Make sure there is a pause or stop button and a volume control for the sound. A skip link can also be provided to make these controls easier to reach.

The major video platforms make it possible to switch autoplay on and off. Change the settings to “off”.