Don’t “Let It Snow.” How Autoplays Can Disable Visitors to Your Website
Sharon Wachsler, Cyndy Otty, Hew, and 4 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
Thanks for posting this for me, @esmi! I’m not nearly awake enough to function yet.
Anyway, one thing is, for particular blogs on WP.com the blog owner can opt out of the snow feature. And it does save the selection each year.
When I am more awake/have the time I want to see if this is still something that would fall out of compliance with WCAG.
Opt out vs opt in, though… This should be opt-in across the board IMO.
Agreed. I just wanted to clarify that it’s not on with no ability to change it.
Just FYI, the snow is in fact opt-in at WP.com. It’s off by default.
Additional detail (h/t Westi): the default behavior is opt-in per blog via Settings->General in each dashboard, but WP.com also has a per user opt-out override on top of that via the WordPress.com user personal settings page.
With regard to this, please see this announcement post: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/oh-my-snow/
Though, it should also be noted as of Jan. 4th the snow is already off for WP.com blogs until next winter.
esmi, thank you for posting this–thank you VERY much. Cyndy, I’ll be looking forward to anything and everything you find out concerning compliance with WCAG. Thank you both, yet again!
@Nelson: Have a look at WCAG guideline 152. It references gifs but would cover any animation displayed on a site.
This is a super, and super-timely resource for me as I set up the site….thank you, yet again, esmi.
Just to let you know, I sent this article around at work, and comments are coming in about it. The article is awesome because it really personalizes the hardships; it’s not just about “more” technology. It really helps readers to understand what’s going on. This was a great choice!
Howdy! I’m very excited to see this thread cuz I wrote that post!
Actually, I was coming over here to post about this issue and ask what people can do to help. I’m about to cross-post that article (with some updates and beautification) at AbilityMaineBlog.blogspot.com and I wanted to include suggestions about advocacy on the “Let It Snow” issue. So, do you have suggestions for people to help make the feature an opt-in versus an opt-out?
Thanks very much for your assistance. It’s very gratifying to see that this topic is already under discussion.
Since this is a wordpress.com issue, there is a limit to what we can suggest in terms of making this an opt-in feature. That said, we already have one wordpress.com person here, so we know that at least one person is aware of these issues over there but I’ll try pinging someone else over at Automattic to see if we can get a bit more traction on it.
Sorry I’ve been a little quiet of late. Still trying to get over a nasty bout of flu. 🙁
I’ll mention this thread to the .com folks.
@esmi, sorry about the flu. It’s been a horrible cold and flu season this year. Hope you’re feeling better soon.
Thanks for the clarification. I keep getting confused about which boards are for .com and which for .org. I appreciate your support on the issue.
@Jen thank you also for your help.
I guess I’ll just put in my new post that WP folks know about it and it’s being worked on. I do like to offer concrete steps people can take, but it sounds like in this case, there’s not much to offer.
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