Silent beeps

Ken Ray kray at
Mon Aug 23 18:28:19 EDT 2004

On 8/23/04 5:21 PM, "J. Landman Gay" <jacque at> wrote:

> On 8/23/04 4:46 PM, Ken Ray wrote:
>> On 8/23/04 4:37 PM, "SimPLsol at" <SimPLsol at> wrote:
>>> Using OS 10.3.5 I get a beep when I enter "beep" in the message box.
>>> However I noticed this strange thing: if I enter "beep 4" I get three beeps;
>>> "beep 5" gives 4 beeps, etc. Strange?
>> Happens on 10.3.4 too... I think it's the engine and not the OS. Paul, can
>> you log it as a bug in Bugzilla (if you haven't already)?
> Not a bug. From the docs:
>   Cross-platform note:  Windows and OS X do not execute the beep command
> if it's issued while a beep is playing. This means that if you specify a
> numberOfTimes on a Windows or OS X system, the user might hear fewer
> beeps because not all of them are sent to the speaker. To ensure that
> the user hears a specific number of beeps, use a loop with a wait
> command (where the wait time is at least as long as the beep sound's
> duration) after each beep

Thanks, Jacque... and I just tested it in SuperCard on OS X and it's the
same thing, so it's definitely an OS issue.

Ken Ray
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