Guidelines for audio-enhancement of graphical user Interface widgets

Lumsden, Joanna, Brewster, Stephen, Crease, Murray and Gray, Philip (2002). Guidelines for audio-enhancement of graphical user Interface widgets. IN: Proceedings volume 2 of the 16th British HCI Conference London. Sharp, H.; Chalk, P.; LePeuple, J. and Rosbottom, J. (eds) London (UK): British Computer Society.


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.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer Science
Event Title: 16th annual BSC HCI conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2002-09-02 - 2002-09-06
Uncontrolled Keywords: guidelines,toolkit,earcons,widgets,audio feedback
Published Date: 2002
Authors: Lumsden, Joanna ( 0000-0002-8637-7647)
Brewster, Stephen
Crease, Murray
Gray, Philip


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