[PATCH notification] spec: Add badge-number hint
Jasper St. Pierre
jstpierre at mecheye.net
Mon Feb 16 10:03:56 PST 2015
Jon had multiple reasons:
1. The main use for a counter like is "Unread Emails", a number that's
particularly high for Jon that he didn't think it would be too useful.
Notifications should be about the
2. It's hard to figure out what the number even means sometimes, or how to
clear it. He showed me his iPhone which had some app which had a "2" badge,
and there was seemingly no explanation for it. So we decided that we would
always making it the number of unread notifications, and keep the UI for
clearing that badge consistent.
3. It got stuck. Again, another app on his iPhone always listed that he had
1 unread message, when the app itself had nothing. It was definitely the
number of unread messages, since it went up and down when he got new
messages, but, again, there's a "1" that he could never clear because of an
Then, how do we implement this with the new notifications design in GNOME?
I don't see a place for a badge in
On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 9:44 AM, Bastien Nocera <hadess at hadess.net> wrote:
> On Mon, 2015-02-16 at 09:37 -0800, Jasper St. Pierre wrote:
> > Why and how?
> How what?
> > Note that not giving applications the badge number was an explicit
> > design decision Jon, Cosimo and I made when we first introduced
> > notifications.
> I'd like some explanations as to why this decision was made though. This
> is useful for a number of applications, and would be configurable
> through the "Notifications" panel in GNOME (which we didn't have when
> this design decision was taken I guess).
> The server can also choose not to implement it (or cannot).
> > On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 9:21 AM, Bastien Nocera <hadess at hadess.net>
> > wrote:
> > As discussed during the Wayland meeting at FOSDEM 2015.
> > ---
> > docs/notification-spec.xml | 17 +++++++++++++++--
> > 1 file changed, 15 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> > diff --git a/docs/notification-spec.xml
> > b/docs/notification-spec.xml
> > index fa1da0b..3bc0292 100644
> > --- a/docs/notification-spec.xml
> > +++ b/docs/notification-spec.xml
> > @@ -3,8 +3,8 @@
> > <article id="index">
> > <articleinfo>
> > <title>Desktop Notifications Specification</title>
> > - <releaseinfo>Version 1.2</releaseinfo>
> > - <date>28 October 2010</date>
> > + <releaseinfo>Version 1.3</releaseinfo>
> > + <date>16 February 2015</date>
> > <authorgroup>
> > <author>
> > <firstname>Mike</firstname>
> > @@ -674,6 +674,19 @@
> > <entry>>= 1.2</entry>
> > </row>
> > <row>
> > + <entry><literal>"badge-number"</literal></entry>
> > + <entry>INT32</entry>
> > + <entry>
> > + When set, a server can use it to show the number
> > attached to
> > + the notification on top of the application icon
> > referenced by the
> > + "desktop-entry" hint.
> > + Note that servers can choose not to show the number,
> > either because
> > + they do not implement the capability, or in response
> > to user
> > + configuration to suppress its display.
> > + </entry>
> > + <entry>>= 1.3</entry>
> > + </row>
> > + <row>
> > <entry><literal>"category"</literal></entry>
> > <entry>STRING</entry>
> > <entry>
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> > Jasper
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