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Re: Resolution of Issue PR#285 on audio volume control

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 15:05:16 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
cc: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>, User Agent Guidelines Emailing List <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0006071504140.27420-100000@tux.w3.org>
Being able to control the mix is critical - otherwise it doesn't matter if
you can turn up or down the volume from outside the system (easily possible
using common household equipment).

Charles McCN

On Wed, 7 Jun 2000, Jon Gunderson wrote:

  Do you consider the task impossible for you to access the information, or 
  could you configure the system to read at the audio levels that you want, 
  but it would just take time and some effort to adjust the synthesizer level 
  and the master audio level or an external speaker/headset volume?
  At 01:53 AM 6/7/00 -0400, Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
  >Jon wrote
  >I encourage people to present arguments on changing checkpoint 4.8 from P2 
  >to P1.
  >aloha, jon!
  >the argument is quite simple...   there are many instances when i need 
  >synthesized speech at a certain level--which i can control on-the-fly 
  >thanks to the P1 requirement, if the wording of 4.10 is restored from 
  >"configure" to "control"--and the audio to play at a different level, in 
  >order that i can clearly and distinctly hear the 2 simultaneously...
  >if i can't hear the synthesized speech because i can't adjust the volume 
  >of the audio source as it is playing, save by recourse to the OS' native 
  >volume control interface, i may have already missed out on what i needed 
  >to hear -- the synthesized content in conjunction with the audio -- 
  >especially if the audio is being streamed...  it's akin to reading a page 
  >while looking at the illustrations with your peripheral vision, or the 
  >type of integration of textual and non-textual content one's brain makes 
  >to give one the gestalt view of the page when it is perceived in 
  >screenfulls, so i vote to raise 4.8 from P2 to P1
  Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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