Version: WCAG 2.0 and up
Number: 3.2.5
Level: AAA
  • Buttons
  • Controls
  • Forms
  • Inputs
  • Links

Changes of context are initiated only by user request or a mechanism is available to turn off such changes.



The purpose of this success criterion is to ensure that users have full control over any changes of context (new pages opening, focus changing to a new element, content added or removed, redirects).

Automatic changes of context can confuse users, especially if they cannot perceive that a change has occurred.

How to Meet

Instead of automatically triggering changes of context, authors should provide users options to confirm when they want such changes to occur (e.g., indicating in links when a new window will open).

Additional Information

The following knowledge base pages provide more information about how to address this success criterion for publishing content: