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Screen reader users MUST be informed when a web page launches an interstitial view, a progress indicator, or enters into a paused or busy state.


When the user requests an action that will take a long time to complete, such as searching for airline tickets, it is common to present an interstitial or intermediate page to users as a way to confirm that the link worked, and that the results are coming if they wait. Screen reader and other assistive technology users need that same kind of confirmation. Moving focus to the interstitial message benefits both screen reader users and screen magnification users.

How to Fix

Fix this issue by using ONE of the following techniques:

  1. Set focus to the interstitial message:
  2. Announce the interstitial message via an ARIA live region: