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In an audio device with a tone knob, and an on/off switch by that tone knob, which “ON” makes more UI sense?

What does "ON" mean?

  • [ ] ON: TONE KNOB is on, knob has effect on sound
  • [ ] ON: BYPASS is on, knob has NO effect on sound.


This is an honest question. I mean, I’m going to wire it up so that “ON” means “tone knob on,” because that’s how I roll, but I see this go the other way a lot.

(Also in this case “tone knob” means “low pass filter” which means “removes high frequencies” because AND THERE YOU GO. See? SEE?)

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Date: 2017-04-04 02:25 pm (UTC)
maellenkleth: catbus (catbus)
From: [personal profile] maellenkleth
Maybe you should label it as "low pass filter select" (or perhaps "telechron link engage".

Date: 2017-04-04 04:33 pm (UTC)
maellenkleth: (computer-blargle)
From: [personal profile] maellenkleth
That makes sense, although aesthetics demands that it be labelled "explosive bolts", instead.

Date: 2017-04-05 12:34 am (UTC)
kathmandu: Close-up of pussywillow catkins. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kathmandu
In such a case, I am against using on/off terminology at all. I'd apply custom labels so the two positions are "Tone Knob Active" and "Bypass" or something.

But really, the *good* user-interface approach would be to put "off" as a position on the tone knob. It should not be possible to set the tone knob to a position where it looks like it's doing something, if it's not currently able to do anything.

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