Inadequate Time for Response

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

Short Description

An element with important information does not give user adequate time to respond before disappearing

Long Description

  • Sometimes a user with or without assistive technology is not able to change their focus fast enough to read new information before it times out.
  • Automatically changing the focus to the new information can help some people notice it more promptly.

  • Several factors will impact how quickly someone can read a message, so it is important to avoid making assumptions about how much time someone will need to read.
  • If the user has the control to dismiss a message, it provides the most flexibility for what the user needs.

Example of Issue

No example currently available


  • If possible, allow the user to dismiss the message when they are done reading it.
  • If the message must time out independent of a user's actions, provide ample time for a user to find and read the message.
  • When possible, redirect focus to critical messages.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device