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UI sound effects #5821

quincylvania opened this Issue Jan 28, 2019 · 1 comment


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quincylvania commented Jan 28, 2019

Many apps use subtle sound effects to reinforce their interfaces and give audial feedback. Messaging apps bloop upon sending, video and sound editing apps click when snapping clips end-to-end, and various apps thunk upon errors. Games widely use sound effects for all sorts of input like button presses and focus changes.

There are various places in iD where I think minor, tasteful sound effects could create a richer editing experience and help the vision-impaired.

  • Click upon snapping to a node or way when moving or drawing vertices
  • Snip upon splitting a way
  • Error thunk upon trying to create a self-intersecting way
  • Selection sound upon picking a preset
  • Cheerful completion sound upon successful changeset upload
  • More…

Of course users would be able to mute sounds at any time.

@quincylvania quincylvania changed the title Optional UI sound effects UI sound effects Jan 28, 2019


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mmd-osm commented Feb 5, 2019

Yeah, back in the days, Potlatch 0.10c had a nifty beep sound when saving a changeset. That was like 11 years ago.

And it's still around today:

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