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Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:46
Subject: [nvda] An unusual but
potentially very useful idea about sounds
People who have followed my comments about sounds
may believe that I don't see much use in sounds in general. That isn't
the case. I think many sounds people rely on don't give much useful
information or duplicate very easily gotten information already available but
here is an idea for sounds that give unavailable information or information
that is not conveniently available.
Awhile ago, I got a new set of headphones that
are unusually efficient. They are so efficient that I can hear the
sounds of the processor working softly. I was initially going to buy an
adapter with a volume control to get rid of the sounds but I found that they
were useful. For example, if I am normalizing a file, the processor
makes a certain kind of sound when I'm using the program I normalize
with. I don't have to check to see when normalization is finished nor do
I need a specific sound, nonexistent, to tell me. I just wait for the
processor sound to stop. The same when I'm copying long files. I
don't have to check periodically. If I'm downloading something, again,
my processor makes a certain repetetive sound. I know when the download
has finished by simply not hearing that sound any longer. The same for
uploads. I can tell when my computer shuts down because the processor
sound stops. I can tell, if I issue the reboot command when the shutdown
has ended. That tells me that the reboot should be starting because a
certain sound is heard.
I can tell my computer is rebooting and hasn't
gotten stuck because I can hear certain specific sounds during boot up.
Others may find other useful sounds. Should there be a feature in NVDA
or an add on that allows the user to hear such sounds, properly amplified,
when desired? They would be played through the sound card and heard over
speakers or headphones, whatever is being used. the function could be
toggled on and off.