Guidelines for audio-enhancement of graphical user Interface widgets

Joanna Lumsden, Stephen Brewster, Murray Crease, Philip Gray

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Abstract

Audio feedback remains little used in most graphical user interfaces despite its potential to greatly enhance interaction. Not only does sonic enhancement of interfaces permit more natural human-computer communication but it also allows users to employ an appropriate sense to solve a problem rather than having to rely solely on vision. Research shows that designers do not typically know how to use sound effectively; subsequently, their ad hoc use of sound often leads to audio feedback being considered an annoying distraction. Unlike the design of purely graphical user interfaces for which guidelines are common, the audio-enhancement of graphical user interfaces has (until now) been plagued by a lack of suitable guidance. This paper presents a series of empirically substantiated guidelines for the design and use of audio-enhanced graphical user interface widgets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings volume 2 of the 16th British HCI Conference London
EditorsH. Sharp, P. Chalk, J. LePeuple, J. Rosbottom
Place of PublicationLondon (UK)
PublisherBritish Computer Society
Pages6-9
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event16th annual BSC HCI conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20026 Sep 2002

Conference

Conference16th annual BSC HCI conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period2/09/026/09/02

Keywords

  • guidelines
  • toolkit
  • earcons
  • widgets
  • audio feedback

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    • 1 Conference contribution

    Selecting the 'invisible' user interface development tool

    Lumsden, J., 2002, People and computers XVI - memorable yet invisible: proceedings of HCI 2002. Culwin, F., Faulkner, X., Finlay, J. & Détienne, F. (eds.). London (UK): Springer, p. 365-380 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

  • Cite this

    Lumsden, J., Brewster, S., Crease, M., & Gray, P. (2002). Guidelines for audio-enhancement of graphical user Interface widgets. In H. Sharp, P. Chalk, J. LePeuple, & J. Rosbottom (Eds.), Proceedings volume 2 of the 16th British HCI Conference London (pp. 6-9). British Computer Society .