[whatwg] Spec should require UAs to have control to mute/ pause audio/ video

Simon Pieters simonp at opera.com
Thu May 7 16:21:08 PDT 2009

On Thu, 07 May 2009 17:17:51 +0200, Bruce Lawson <brucel at opera.com> wrote:

> Should autoplay be removed as an attribute of audio and video, precisely
> to remove such annoyance from people who rely on aural browsing? While
> there are video sites such as youTube that do play videos automatically,
> others such as vimeo don't. Is there an archive that lists the use-cases
> for autoplay and contrasts it with the "annoyance" and accessibility
> issues?.

Removing the attribute will not make pages stop autoplaying video. Instead they will use script to make videos autoplay, and then it becomes harder for the user to prevent videos from autoplaying. (You could have a pref in the UA to disable autoplay="".)

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

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