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[Bug 17698] New: Safeguards against audio-sensitive epileptic seizures

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Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:26:06 +0000
To: public-audio@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-17698-5429@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

           Summary: Safeguards against audio-sensitive epileptic seizures
           Product: AudioWG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Web Audio Processing: Use Cases and Requirements
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: olivier.thereaux@bbc.co.uk
         QAContact: public-audio@w3.org
                CC: cooper@w3.org

>From the “Review of Web Audio Processing: Use Cases and Requirements”

Need a requirement to provide ways to avoid triggering audio-sensitive
epileptic seizures. The fact that sounds from a variety of sources might
be combined, including script-generated sounds and transformations that
could have unplanned artifacts, mean the final sound output may be less
under the author's control than studio-edited sound. It is important to
find ways to reduce unexpected effects triggering audio-sensitive
epileptic seizures. To some extent this means warning authors to be
careful, but any features we can build into the technology, we should.
Unfortunately this is a new field to me and I don't know all the
specifics, so it will take research (which of course I volunteer to be
involved in, just looking for a placeholder for the issue now). A quick
scan online suggests that certain beat frequencies and reverberance
effects are known sources of problems. A set of user preferences
allowing users to disable or control certain Web application-generated
audio transformations might help with the latter issue.

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