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Good question, it has bugged me in the past. From W3C - Audio Control:Understanding SC 1.4.2, it seems that pages that do not offer sound control, or mute, functionality are not adhering to the criterion. Summarising the link: 1.4.2 Audio Control: If any audio on a Web page plays automatically for more than 3 seconds, either a mechanism is available to ...


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You could use a spinning indicator spinning at a speed proportional to the loading speed. They use pretty much the same paradigm on iOS to make the speed difference clear between 3G (and faster) connection and Edge.


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All Smartphones have a built in visual representation for showing that data is loaded at the very top left. It is often represented by some kind of a rotating object, such as the following animated gif. But if you make it more obvious to the user if you replace the video with a progress bar while loading data, and switch to video when all is downloaded.


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Grid views can indeed allow for bigger thumbnails - although not necessarily, as the height of a row on a list view could be the same height as a cell in a grid view. The main differences, IMHO, are: Grid view offers a greater number of thumbnails to the user, at any one time, than list view given the same screen real estate. This is because a list view ...


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Typeform provides a useful real world example of how to handle this problem, which is broadly in line with your third point: Load the video (paused) and give the user an option to play the video? On a desktop device the video plays automatically. On an iPad or and Android phone (the only additional devices I've tested) a still of the video is shown ...


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I suggest you can probably provide two options, so that users can switch depending on their situation where they are and based on their mobile internet access. Create a lite version of the landing page where video/images are not available, show just the required content. And other version as standard where in it replicates the same design provided on the ...


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I have good experiences with recording the sessions using e.g. Camstudio http://camstudio.org/. Recording the face using a built-in (or external) camera is a very good idea- one can learn quite a lot about the emotions from facial expressions. I may be considered quite "old-school" but my favorite usability recording technology is called pencil & paper ...



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