suggestion: improving accessability of buttons pavucontrol

Bug #1807221 reported by mauricebis on 2018-12-06
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pavucontrol (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Thanks for the application. This post is not about a bug but a suggestion for improving the accessability of the buttons. As I do not know where to post suggestions, I post here (sorry if this isn't the right place).

It took me a long time to figure out the meaning of the buttons of input devices. The set as fallback phrase was cryptic to me, I think I eventually understood that when it's dark grey, this means it's the default (terminology used by Skype for instance). But in light grey it still remains green ticked. In thunar for instance, the light grey is the active window, somewhat the inverse convention? Maybe it's green ticked because it's active? A separate green ticked button labelled default_input when this channel is set as default would be much clearer.

Same applies to the mute button, when I click a red border appears in the browser and I initially got confused with the meaning of the button ; is it the action of muting/unmuting or the resulting state of the channel. Seems to me that a red cross for the muted state would be clearer and a green icon when unmuted. The label of the toggling button would be mute/unmute, not mute only.


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