[Kde-accessibility] System Bell

Peter Grasch peter at grasch.net
Mon Jan 12 12:52:35 UTC 2015

Hi Olaf,

On Monday, January 12, 2015 12:33:58 AM you wrote:
> how do you suggest to deal with non-KDE, console applications in this
> context?
I would suggest turning the console beep in a regular KNotify notification 
with a generic text like "Beep" or "Alert". That way it can be configured like 
any other notification in the accurately named "Manage Notifications" KCM 
right next to where the System Bell KCM used to be.

> Allowing people to see a “beep” printed by a console application seems to be
> a useful feature to me – for people who cannot hear, but also for broken
> audio hardware or intentionally silent (e.g. library) configurations.
I think that a regular, visual KNotify notification will work just as well 

> I am not against moving the feature to a place where it suits better, but I
> suggest to be a bit cautious about completely removing an accessibility
> feature until we are sure that we have truly reached out to the people
> relying on it.
If we think that the actual "system bell" notifications are superior to the 
KNotify ones (because of low latency audio or the localized flashing in the 
visual mode), then I would argue that we should bring those features to the 
KNotify subsystem and not keep them reserved for a special few events.

Best regards,

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