Spotlight 4

Time Limits 

(WCAG 2.2.1 & 2.2.3)

This week we'll look at the WCAG guideline concerning time limits.

Let's start with the criteria

According to WCAG 2.2.1 -  Timing adjustable  (Level A), learners shouldn’t be given a time limit unless they can extend it or turn it off.  The advanced version of this guideline (WCAG 2.2.3 - No timing) goes beyond that and recommends not setting time limits even if the learners can control them. 

Now let's explore the reasons

It's not just about timed activities

While many people may assume that this only relates to timed activities or assessments, it is about anything that has time limits. Other examples where people can miss out on content if this guideline is not followed are slides that automatically move on or update or animated content on the screen that automatically disappears. 


To comply at the AAA level, avoid imposing time limits completely. If that's not possible, to comply with the basic level of this guideline, allow learners either to turn off or provide a means to set the time limit to 10 times the default time limit.

WCAG 2.2.1  Timing adjustable  (A) Learners can either: Turn off the time limit Adjust the time limit by at least 10x the default setting  Extend the time limit at least 10 times and at least 20 seconds before it expires. WCAG 2.2.3  No timing (AAA) No time limits allowed. These apply to automatically moving content too Exceptions: Real-time and live events or if the timing is essential.


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