Powerdevil notifications

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Tue Sep 29 17:33:09 BST 2009

On Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:22:07 +0200 Aurélien Gâteau <aurelien.gateau at canonical.com> wrote:
>Scott Kitterman wrote:
>>> Persistence in the corner wont help because it is the animation which
>>> gains the user's attention, not the presentness of the display.
>>> Notifications also have the potential for learned behaviors such as
>>> banner blindness (where the user gets used to junk in a certain
>>> position and trains themself to ignore it) and automatic
>>> click-to-close without reading the display. This could lead to a
>>> potentially damaging situation if the computer suspends on it's own
>>>from a minor "WTF is my computer doing" reaction to very serious data
>>> loss due to inability for the hardware to successfully suspend. There
>>> are also the cases where the user turns off notifications or is
>>> running in a display mode which represses notifications (such as
>>> watching a movie).
>> Do we have such a display mode in KDE yet?  There was also some
> > discussion about this and notification priority that led me to
> > believe this was a future capability issue and not a present
> > risk.
>There is a class in kdelibs called KNotificationRestrictions, which can 
>be used by applications to disable screensaver or desktop notifications. 
>(Gwenview uses it in fullscreen mode for example).
>The problem is that for now the part which is supposed to disable 
>desktop notifications does not work yet.

Good to know we can defer worrying about this aspect of it to Lucid.


Scott K

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