From:  David Bolter <>
Date:  11 Nov 2015 02:08:41 Hong Kong Time

Re: Muting web audio when a screenreader is saying something


It makes a lot of sense to me. I'm not aware of what event we might use...
anyone else?

I wonder if a user gesture to mute/unmute all web content (or all
non-screen reader audio) would be useful.


On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 11:52 AM, Chris Mills  wrote:

> I was having an interesting conversation with Henny Swan from The Paciello
> Group last week - she was saying that a very common complaint from
> screenreader users that she hears is web-based audio drowning out
> screenreader output when users navigate to a web page that features audio
> or video tags, etc. Especially ones set to autoplay.
> I was wondering if it would be possible to write an addon that mutes (or
> at least reduces the volume of) audio coming from a webpage when a
> screenreader is saying something. Is there any kind of custom event we can
> use for this? I am guessing the answer might be no, as screenreaders tend
> to work on the OS level rather than the browser level, but I might be
> surprised.
> Thanks,
> Chris Mills
>  Senior tech writer || Mozilla
> || MDN
> || @chrisdavidmills
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