Re: application indicators

On Fri, 2010-02-19 at 19:37 -0800, Dylan McCall wrote:
> > Currently we generate a StatusIcon on the fly by rendering into a
> > pixbuf.  This icon contains the color of the highest event severity
> > and the number of events of this severity.  Using the AppInd model, we
> > would be required to generate roughly 5k icons just for this display
> > (5 status colors x numbers 0-999).
> I know this wouldn't do the whole job, but has anyone considered an
> addition to the spec that allows adding emblems to StatusIcons? For
> example, there could be a Play and Pause emblem, and some kind of
> standard message count emblem that gets drawn on the fly. (With the
> added benefit that a text-centric interface could also show the message
> count since the necessary data is all there).
> If it hasn't been discussed, maybe worth some pondering, and if it has
> in recent history, I for one would love to know the verdict :)

I don't think I've discussed it with regards to Application Indicators,
but the issue that I've always had with emblems is that they look
"bolted on."  So overall, the design looks sloppy even if both the icon
and the emblem look nice on their own.  In theory, this is solvable, but
I've never seen a solution that looked good and seemed less complex than
just drawing all the icons that were needed.

It could be that no one has done it right.  Do you know of an
implementation that you feel did a really good job on this?


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