Re: [Usability]Re: Notification Area guidelines

On Wed, 2003-03-12 at 15:13, Lars Weber wrote:
> Olivier Crete <tester tester ca> wrote:
> > The balloon should go away after a while, but we should be able to 
> > continue blinking until a user action is taken when required. Everyone 
> > else does that and it seems to only reasonable way to go.
>         Can you give an example of where you think continuous blinking is
> preferable to simply showing a special `Important message' (or whatever)
> icon and doing the usual n seconds balloon/blink notification?
>         Personally I believe that a user should always have the option of
> ignoring requests made through the notification area because there *will*
> be situations where he simply doesn't care (just imagine yourself sitting
> in front of another person's computer and then the icon of his instant
> messenger to start flashing without end[1]).  Continuous blinking is like
> saying "Hey user, if you don't take care of me immediately, I'll make
> noise until you do!

Yeah, you're right. And if it's really that important, the app should
just send a dialog box.

>         Another thing is that I feel that having too many different ways
> of notifying users (i.e. balloon messages / blinking / continuous blinking
> / special icons) will in the end just help to create confusion about what
> the proper behavior of status icons is.
> Regards,
> Lars
> [1] Something that *does* happen to me quite reqularly when I sit at my
> brother's computer!
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