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Audio Widget Toolkit Project
Department of Computing Science
University of Glasgow


(Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this email)

The Audio Widget Toolkit Project has developed a toolkit of audio-enhanced
widgets based on the Java Swing toolkit of graphical user interface
widgets.   To accompany the Audio Toolkit we are developing a set of
guidelines that provide practical advice to developers who are considering
using sound to enhance graphical user interface widgets.   Additionally, we
are currently completing a set of guidelines to enable user interface
developers to build new audio-enhanced widgets for inclusion in the Audio
Toolkit.   To this end, we are conducting a survey of user interface
designers and developers in order to determine the level of: (1) user
interface design and development experience; and (2) acoustic/sound and
musical knowledge and experience.   This information is vital to the
completion of our research in order that we might target the guidelines
appropriately and increase the accessibility and potential value of the
Audio Toolkit.

We have developed a short questionnaire which aims to collect the
above information and also to elicit user interface designers' attitudes
towards the use of sound in user interfaces.   We would be very grateful IF
YOU COULD SPARE 10 MINUTES TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

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For your convenience, we have provided the questionnaire in 4 formats: Rich
Text Format, Word97, Excel97 and PostScript.   These can be obtained
via the web at: http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~jo/AudioToolkit.html.   Please
complete the questionnaire in which ever format is most convenient to
yourself and either return it by email ([log in to unmask]) or by fax (+44
(0)141 330 4913) - marked for the attention of Joanna Lumsden.
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DEADLINE FOR RETURN OF QUESTIONNAIRES: Thursday 31st May 2001
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We intend to publish the results of this survey and make these results
available to any respondents of the questionnaire who are interested.
When returning your questionnaire please indicate your interest.

Your assistance is very much appreciated.

Joanna Lumsden


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Dr. Jo Lumsden
Department of Computing Science         Tel. No:         +44 141 330 6045
University of Glasgow                   Fax No:  +44 141 330 4913
17 Lilybank Gardens                             E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Glasgow G12 8RZ                         Web:    http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~jo