- Give the user control over the visual and auditory interface when visiting a website.
- Do not surprise the user by unexpectedly playing audio content.
- Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.
Do not create audio content which starts automatically and without explicit user action.
Do not include in the page elements triggering the playback of an uncontrollable sound for example with the
audio html element with the
autoplay attribute or without the
In each page containing audio content:
- Check that there is no audio content automatically activated when the page loads;
- Check that there is no audio content activated in an unpredictable way following a user action.
Business application and benefits
The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.
The objective of these rules and the Opquast community mission is ‘making the web better’ for your customers and for everyone! Opquast rules cover the key major areas of risk that can negatively affect website users such as privacy, ecodesign, accessibility and security.