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Audible Means to Notify Blind User when Display is Changing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109432D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McKiel, FA: AUTHOR

Abstract

In the context of using audible feedback to allow a blind user to work with a window-based graphical user interface, a dissonant chord or similar sound is generated whenever a) the system pointer changes appearance to a watch or hourglass indicating that a time-consuming process is underway, or b) the display is unstable as various windows on the display are being repositioned and repainted. The latter is particularly important so that the user knows not to probe the graphical environment while it is still changing.

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Audible Means to Notify Blind User when Display is Changing

      In the context of using audible feedback to allow a blind user
to work with a window-based graphical user interface, a dissonant
chord or similar sound is generated whenever a) the system pointer
changes appearance to a watch or hourglass indicating that a
time-consuming process is underway, or b) the display is unstable as
various windows on the display are being repositioned and repainted.
The latter is particularly important so that the user knows not to
probe the graphical environment while it is still changing.

      Disclosed anonymously.