Stop the Music Playing on the IAAF Diamond League Website

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The IAAF Diamond League has music auto-playing when you visit the website. This practice can be very annoying for users and it is rarely used in modern websites due to the poor user experience.

Many track and field/athletics fans have taken to social media to express their annoyance and frustration. Mirko Jalava | Steve Magness

When contacted two years ago, the DLs response was to advise that there are controls available to turn off this music.

Unfortunately, by the time you have found the button to turn this off, apart from your own frustration, those around you have been disturbed (Think libraries, offices, hospitals etc).

If the audio is turned off, your browser will remember the audio setting when you return to the website. However, each event in the DL series is on a separate sub-domain, so a visit to subsequent sites mean the audio will play on each of these as the setting is not saved.

Further, playing audio automatically when landing on a page may affect someone who uses a screen reader (used by many with vision impairment)  because they navigate by listening and automatically started sounds might interfere with that navigation.

The W3C.org discourages the practice of auto-starting sounds and encourage that the sound is started by an action initiated by the user after they reach the page, rather than requiring that the sound is stopped by an action of the user after they land on the page. Ref: W3C.org

We would like the IAAF and Diamond League to either remove the function from the websites or have the sound turned off by default.



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