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[Bug 17698] Safeguards against audio-sensitive epileptic seizures

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Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:10:00 +0000
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Joe Berkovitz / NF <joe@noteflight.com> changed:

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--- Comment #2 from Joe Berkovitz / NF <joe@noteflight.com> 2012-08-30 15:10:00 UTC ---
I have looked for references on the web to this topic that point to information
about how such audio stimuli might be characterized as likely to trigger a
seizure, but so far have been unable to find any such information.

What seems to be agreed is that in some cases audio does dispose certain
epilepsy sufferers towards having a seizure, but that the nature of the
stimulus is highly variable. In some cases, for example, the stimulus can be a
specific song
(http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=musicophobia-when-your-fa)

Between the fact that 1) there's no apparent objective way to characterize an
audio signal as epilepsy-inducing or not, and 2) Web Audio can't access the
complete. summed audio output of a user's computer, I am not sure there's a way
to make concrete progress on this issue.

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