2 Feb 2011 - 4:24pm
5 years ago
7 replies

Best Practices: Play, Pause, Stop etc.


I'm having trouble finding discussions about transport controls. how do people feel about Play changing to Pause or Stop instead of using separate buttons?

  • Do Pause and Stop have universally understood meanings?
  • What is the difference between them?
  • What do people prefer regarding Rewind and Fast Forward -- when should they jump to the next unit, marker, or section instead of shuttling?


17 Nov 2010 - 10:39am
5 years ago
6 replies

Making technical terms more descriptive

How do you find the best name or title for a function in an application? For example, if creating software for sound editing - many traditional audio terms are very technical, such as "normalization", "amplitude envelope", "dynamic compression" etc. For a novice user, these terms don't say much about what will happen to the sound. Might it be desirable to come up with new, more descriptive terms for these things, despite the risk of confusing advanced users who already know the technical terms? How would one find a term that as many users as possible can understand?

16 Nov 2009 - 10:04am
Todd Holmberg

Inline audio and text translations

Hello, everyone. Thanks for the constant stream of useful information.
I've lurked and learned from this list for a while. It's great.

Has anyone seen/built an interface for presenting inline audio
translations of journal or magazine articles? A customer would like
to include translations for small blocks of an article. The blocks
will be of an arbitrary length. Each block would have a corresponding
Spanish and Chinese translation of the original English text. Their
idea is to include an icon at the end of each block that will play an
audio translation of that block.

15 Aug 2007 - 12:20pm
9 years ago
8 replies

Sound Level for Older People

Hi Guys,

I'm hoping that someone on the list has some research around older
adults and hearing.

I'm working on a project where there is a sound when there's an alert
condition. The question I have is what should the minimum loudness
level be (in decibels)? The person using this is an older adult with
some type of chronic disease.

Any info would be appreciated!


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