Let’s not accidentally give anyone with photosensitive epilepsy seizures.
Why this matters
A seizure can cause muscle spasms, breathing problems, headaches, memory problems, and abnormal behavior. Seizures can be fatal.
In other words, this is one of the limited number of cases where what we put on the web could physically affect someone’s well-being, or kill them.
How to implement
Seizure disorders are complex. Read the following resources:
- Understanding Success Criterion 2.3.1: Three Flashes or Below Threshold by the WCAG
- MDN’s page Web accessibility for seizures and physical reactions.
How to test
Check the video or animated assets using the Trace Research & Development Center’s free Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool (PEAT) to identify risky material. (It’s a Windows application.)