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Bug 13731 - need simple visual alternatives to indicate that audio is playing to let a deaf user know
Summary: need simple visual alternatives to indicate that audio is playing to let a de...
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML a11y Task Force (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: contributor
QA Contact: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
Keywords: a11y, media
Depends on:
Blocks: 13590
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Reported: 2011-08-10 03:28 UTC by Michael[tm] Smith
Modified: 2016-04-07 14:55 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

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Description Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-10 03:28:00 UTC

The Audio Element

No provision appears to be made for simple visual alternatives to
indicate that audio is playing to let a deaf user know.  This is not the
same as a caption or a transcript, but would be the ability to provide a
quick indicator of important sound effects, or even just to let the user
know that there is a piece of music looping in the background.  Without
a way to provide this kind of information, users with hearing impairment
could miss vital audio cues, or could inadvertently annoy people nearby
because the machine they are using has its speakers blaring a midi loop
of "Mary Had A Little Lamb". 

[split out from bug 13590]
Comment 1 Tab Atkins Jr. 2011-08-10 15:11:52 UTC
This appears to be entirely a user-agent issue.  (And it would be a good idea even for full-hearing people, since no one wants to madly hunt through all their tabs looking for which site decided to start blaring music.)
Comment 2 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-12-02 20:36:29 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: UI issue.
Comment 3 LĂ©onie Watson 2014-06-26 11:29:16 UTC
Moved to HTML A11y TF component.
Comment 4 Charles McCathieNevile 2016-04-07 14:54:27 UTC
User agent issue - some browsers implement this already.
Comment 5 Michiel Bijl 2016-04-07 14:55:49 UTC
Most browsers have implemented this: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari at least.