Daily Archives: January 16, 2011

Autoplay Is (Almost) Never Acceptable

Web developers, please take note: Unless a piece of video or audio is the centerpiece of the entire page, with no surrounding content and an expectation that the media should start playing immediately, autoplay is not acceptable. I seriously question if the people at large companies who decide autoplay videos are a good thing actually have ever, you know, actually used the Internet. I kicked my autoplay habit when I was 15 years old; certainly the grownups in charge of some of the biggest sites on the Web can do the same.