ACT-G1-R3: Media auto-play: pausing

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Accessibility Requirements

This conformance rule relates to:


Automatically playing audio and video must be paused or stopped within the first 3 seconds, unless it passes another ACT-G3 rule.



ACT-R3 Rule group

This rule is part of a group, consisting of:

Applicable elements should pass at least one of these rules.


Any video or audio element(s) with the autoplay attribute, as well as any object element(s) that is used for automatically playing video or audio when the web page loads.


The applicable item is paused or stopped within 3 seconds after it begins playing.


Changes since the previous version


This ACT rule was created by Frank Berker and Wilco Fiers.

Validation Tests

To validate the implementation of this rule, all test cases for ACT-G1-R3 must be passed.