meta-refresh

Timed refresh must not exist

Who might be affected
SR

Description

An automatic refresh of the page is an unexpected action for the user, and for screen reader users the impact might be critical. The refresh action might reset already filled input fields without any alert. The focus sequence is also reset and the focus is being set back to the document, and this can be disorienting and disrupting.

Quick Fixes

Remove all [http-equiv="refresh"].
1<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="60" url="http://path/to/another-page/" />
Warning! Do not replace redirecting using the >meta< element with redirecting using JavaScript.

How Users Are Affected

Users will loose their orientation and context of their actions on the page.

WCAG Success criteria

This issue might cause elements to fail one or more of the following Success criteria:
2.2.1 Timing Adjustable (A)

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