how to get a beep, OS independent ?

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Mon Dec 8 00:43:41 CET 2008

On Sun, 07 Dec 2008 12:56:14 -0700, Joe Strout wrote:

> On Dec 7, 2008, at 8:48 AM, Grant Edwards wrote:
>> On 2008-12-07, Joe Strout <joe at> wrote:
>>> But invoking the standard system beep
>> What makes you think there is such a thing as "the standard system
>> beep"?
> Because OS X (the platform with which I'm most familiar) certainly has
> one, 

OS X, isn't that the operating system owned by Apple that runs on a 
handful of more-or-less identical varieties of hardware all controlled by 

> and REALbasic has had a "Beep" method for years which works on all
> platforms. If RB can do it, we can do it too.

That would be a standard language beep then, not a standard system beep. 
You're assuming that there is a standard way for any computer to make a 
sound. I don't think that is true.

Of course, if you're volunteering to write such a standard system beep 
for Python, I for one would be grateful.


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