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      The Use of Non-Speech Sounds in Non-Visual Interfaces to the MS-Windows GUI for Blind Computer Users

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      International Conference on Auditory Display '98 (AD)

      Auditory Display

      1-4 November 1998

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            Abstract

            Two studies investigated the use of non-speech sounds (auditory icons and earcons) in non-visual interfaces to MS-Windows for blind computer users. The first study presented sounds in isolation and blind and sighted participants rated them for their recognisability, and appropriateness of the mapping between the sound and the interface object/event. As a result, the sounds were revised and incorporated into the interfaces. The second study investigated the effects of the sounds on user performance and perceptions. Ten blind participants evaluated the interfaces, and task completion time was significantly shorter with the inclusion of sounds, although interesting effects on user perceptions were found.

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            Conference
            November 1998
            November 1998
            : 1-5
            Affiliations
            [0001]Sensory Disabilities Research Unit

            University of Hertfordshire

            Hatfield, Hertfordshire. AL10 9AB

            United Kingdom
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/AD1998.22
            1066f5da-5ba9-4793-bf91-69d9a3bf787d
            © Helen Petrie et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. International Conference on Auditory Display '98, University of Glasgow, UK

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            International Conference on Auditory Display '98
            AD
            University of Glasgow, UK
            1-4 November 1998
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Auditory Display
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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