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Subject: Question about EQ settings and voice ui:

Question about EQ settings and voice ui:

From: Raquel Gomez <rgomez_at_gigo.com>
Date: 2006-05-23

  Greetings everybody,
  Just a thought as 3.0 is on the verge of being released, I see
one thing still missing which is glaringly obvious to me as a
blind user, but which would probably not effect a sighted user of
the iPod and Iriver. Are there any plans to voice the individual
bands under "simple equalizer settings", even if they are simply
labeled band 1, band 2, etc.? While the values do speak
numerically, (which is wonderful), I still find myself having to
actually go into each band and set the values to something
different initially so I can ascertain where I am; navigating
with the iPod's touchwheel isn't a big deal when there is speech
corresponding with its movement to tell me where I am, however in
the case of the EQ settings, I find myself having to guess and
can't confirm where I am until I actually hit right arrow on one
of the bands and check its numeric value. It would be fairly
easy to voice all 5 bands, though I suspect all the voices would
need to be recreated; still, it would be well worth it.
  This is one of the few drawbacks to the iPod's current
operation, since a blind user can actually set the EQ the way
they prefer to, it's just difficult to orient in that menu with
no speech whatsoever. On the Iriver, it isn't as big a deal
because down-arrowing from one EQ band to the next can be done by
clicking on an actual physical button, but when you're turning
the wheel without any feedback as to where you are, it can be
challenging until you get used to it. Still, I mess it up and it
takes me a while to get it where I like it; thank God for the
configs so I don't have to reset it each time...
  Just an idea...

Raquel
Received on Tue May 23 15:41:05 2006


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