An evaluation of the communicative ability of auditory icons and earcons
Audio cues are increasingly used to present information in the human-computer interface. To be of use, these cues must effectively communicate the intended information to the user. An evaluation of two types of nonspeech audio cue, auditory icons and earcons, was performed. The audio cues were designed to communicate information about actions and objects in the human-computer interface. The importance of audio cue design knowledge in the use of the cues was investigated. The results indicate that knowledge of the auditory cue design can significantly improve the accuracy of cue recognition.