ACT-R1: Meta refresh and redirect is not used

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Accessibility Requirements

This conformance rule relates to:


This test checks if meta element is not used for delayed redirecting or refreshing.



Aspects Under Test

Test procedure


The rule applies to any meta element with the value of the http-equiv attribute set to refresh. This can be found using the following CSS selector: meta[http-equiv="refresh"].


The text before the first comma or semicolon is either 0 or not a number (ignore any whitespace characters).


Changes since the previous version


This ACT rule was created by Wilco Fiers.

Validation Tests

To validate the implementation of this rule, all test cases for ACT-R1 must be passed.