Notification quick reply DBus API

Zander Brown zbrown at
Wed Feb 5 13:57:43 UTC 2020

Zander Brown <zbrown at>

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On Wed, 2020-02-05 at 12:52 +0100, Kai Uwe Broulik wrote:
> Hi all,
> I propose augmenting the Desktop Notification Spec for a capability for 
> a quick reply feature. It will have supported notification servers add a 
> text field inside the popup with a dedicated signal for quickly replying 
> to text messages:

Sounds like a nice idea

> optional signal org.freedesktop.Notifications.NotificationReplied(uint 
> id, string reply)
> This signal is emitted when a reply text in a notification is submitted.

I'm not sure this is needed

> In Notification Components, section "Actions":
> When supported, an action named "inline-reply" may add a text field to 
> the notification allowing input of a reply text without invoking an action.

... since if your already using an action to mark inline reply as supported,
why  not use the action?

So instead of NotificationReplied(42, "Hi") do ActionInvoked(42, "inline-

That way we aren't actually changing how notifications work, just formalising a
way of using them

> A new capability in:
> org.freedesktop.Notifications.GetCapabilities
> "inline-reply" The server supports supports the inline reply action.
> Cheers
> Kai Uwe Broulik
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