Thread Subject: Re: Animation
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From: Peter Korn
Date: Tue, Jun 26 2007 1:15 PM
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In the case of the flying pages animation in the Windows copy dialog,
for what disability/disabilities is stopping the animation important?
Cognitive disabilities that might find them confusing? Screen magnifier
users who might find them confusing/distracting? Screen reader users
whose screen reader might have technical problems with their off-screen
model graphics interdiction techniques? Something else?
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
> We looked at this issue for some time in the ANSI/HFES and ISO software
> standards work
> Here is what we came down to.
> If the image does not move except to provide an indication of current status
> value then it is an indicator - not an animation. The progress bar when
> windows comes out of hibernation is a status indicator.
> If the image sits there and spins then it is not an indicator of status
> So the windows copy progress indicator contains both a status indicator (the
> bar) which is not animation and some flying file pages that are animation.
> The flying file pages should be an animation and it should be possible to
> stop them or remove them from view.
> In the copy indicator situation it is possible to hide them so I don't see a
> problem there.
> If someone did that as a built in part of a browser window - that would be a
> problem. But the built in progress indicators on file tabs or the bottom
> of the window are not animation but progress indicators.
> -- ------------------------------
> Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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>> With respect to "informational animation" and "decorative
>> animation", how do we see animated gifs used during
>> load/startup screens?
>> Example - the circular animated gif used during bootup
>> sequence in OSX.
>> This animation could be seen as conveying progress to users,
>> could be seen as only aesthetic without functionality, yet
>> does not provide "users a means to pause and restart the
>> animation" or "a means to stop the animation".
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