Re: Re : interapplication communication
- From: Owen Taylor <otaylor redhat com>
- To: David Hamm <davidthamm gmail com>
- Cc: gnome-shell-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Re : interapplication communication
- Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2010 19:03:31 -0500
On Mon, 2010-01-04 at 14:59 -0800, David Hamm wrote:
> "Our hope is that message tray will further reduce the need to
> switch windows - that you won't need to switch windows because a new
> message came in, or your music player shuffled to a track you don't
> like. You'll only need to switch windows if you decide to do something
> "The message tray is meant to be self-introducing, because it pops up
> itself when something comes in. So hopefully, going back to the bottom
> of the screen will be natural to users; they'll pick up the idea that
> "messages are at the bottom""
> Ubuntu nailed it with having messages in the top right, along with the
> whole user activity/switcher part. Instead of working on a whole new
> part on the bottom of the screen teams should be working together.
> For the same reason gnome-shell has a top bar instead of a bottom bar
> like windows, the message tray shouldn't be at the bottom.
Hmm, I guess I'm not really picking up the specific reasons you are
referring to here. The main reasons I'd say that we have the panel at
the top are:
- Continuity with existing GNOME design (the clock, system tray,
and user menu are already there in a normal GNOME configuration
and the Activities button is a bit like the GNOME menu.)
- Many of the items act like menus, and menus pop down more
naturally than they pop up.
Neither immediately seems to apply to the message tray.
I expect lots of conversation about messaging and other topics when all
the designers get together for a hackfest next month. The work that the
Canonical designers did on notifications and messaging is certainly one
of the inspirations going into the message tray, but you can't really
take a GNOME 2 design and apply it verbatim within a GNOME 3 setting.
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