RE: Timing Adjustable: does it apply to timeout from inactivity (no mouse, keyboard activity)

If the suggested minimal activity were possible and there was some way of alerting the user to the time passing, that would be a better solution than not being able to complete the task, as long as the security experts are happy.

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From: David MacDonald []
Sent: 09 February 2017 14:53
To: WCAG; Jonathan Avila; Alastair Campbell; Glenda Sims; Gregg C Vanderheiden
Subject: Timing Adjustable: does it apply to timeout from inactivity (no mouse, keyboard activity)

I've been asked to comment on the newly proposed "timed events"  SC. (1)

What are other evaluators doing with time outs from inactivity?  I've been recommending a warning before 20 seconds before the time out "Do you need more time" with  "yes/no" buttons.

But if the session stays open as long as the user is active, one might argue that the user extended the time limit simply by clicking, scrolling, typing ... if they did *nothing* it would time out in 15 minutes, but by using the mouse/keyboard at least every 14:59, they could stay in their account for up to 150 minutes.

It's a significant question, because if that is the case then I'd say there is more flexibility with COGA's requests, which would deal with a *truly* timed events rather than a simple inactivity logout. Security people worry about an abandoned computer left open to others to exploit and don't like extending inactivity logouts.




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