Re: Sound effects


Iain * wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 8:18 AM, Patryk Zawadzki <patrys pld-linux org> wrote:
>> Please remember that sounds are also a means of providing feedback to
>> impaired users.
> I actually totally disagree. Not because i dont think impaired users
> are not important
> but because they are a very special case who's needs are met by other
> technologies
> such as screen readers and screen magnifiers
> much better than by sound themes and 125 arbitrary sound effects.

I just want to point out that there is one other class of sounds which
is useful (in particular to blind users) and is not in your list of one:

 A time-consuming operation which you requested has completed.

This covers things like file transfers, booting to a log-in screen,
ripping a CD, downloading something, and a range of other operations.

Thinking about accessible sounds reminded me of this one - the sound we
play when GDM starts is an accessibility feature.


Dave Neary
GNOME Foundation member
dneary gnome org

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