[whatwg] Consider changing the default volume for <audio> and <video> to be 1.0 instead of 0.5

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Jul 8 16:01:17 PDT 2008

On Thu, 26 Jun 2008, Adele Peterson wrote:
> The spec currently says that the default volume level is 0.5.  In 
> WebKit's initial implementation, we have received feedback that the 
> audio seems much too soft.  If a user has already adjusted their 
> device's volume to their liking, then I think 1.0 should correspond to 
> that level, and that should be the default.  This will enable the 
> browser to have similar volume levels to other applications on the 
> system, and will respect the system volume.

On Fri, 27 Jun 2008, Philip Jägenstedt wrote:
> I support this change, assuming that volume 1.0 corresponds to 
> digital 0 dB. This way, no volume adjustment is needed by default, which 
> seems like a sensible... default.

On Fri, 27 Jun 2008, Chris Double wrote:
> I agree. I've noticed with the Firefox implementation that defaulting to 
> 0.5 is too quiet and can cause a bit of confusion with people adjusting 
> the system volume to make it louder - which makes other apps even 
> louder.


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