Timed meta tag page refresh Accessibility Checkpoint


Do not use the meta refresh tag to automatically refresh pages because this confuses users.


Some people, including screen reader users, won’t have time to read the page before it refreshes unexpectedly.

Warning: Never set the refresh delay to zero when the meta refresh has no redirect - this causes the page to continually reload with a flashing effect.

Applicable standards

Note: Section 508 Refresh (2017) checkpoints are equivalent to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA checkpoints.

Change history

  • 6.41 Jul 2021 Improved detection.
  • 5.36 Jan 2020 Aligned with ACT Rules. Changed rule ID from AccWcag1-7.4.1 to AccHtmlMetaRefresh.
  • 4.7 Jun 2012 Now triggers Section 508 1194.22 (p).
  • 3.0 Dec 2008 Now triggers WCAG2 issue.
  • 1.0 Feb 2007 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccHtmlMetaRefresh