Posted Mar 5, 2009 19:08 UTC (Thu) by mpt
Parent article: Ubuntu debates usability changes
For these reasons, the guidelines call for a reduction in [notification bubble] use, although acknowledging the possibility that they might still be useful in unspecified circumstances.
The guidelines say to use a notification bubble When a notification doesnt need an input response, and either it is best read as soon as possible or there is no relevant window (whether open or closed) to display it in. Perhaps thats not the clearest possible way of wording it, but its not accurate to call it unspecified.
Whether these discussions will have any effect on the Ubuntu Design or Desktop Experience Team seems uncertain, since the guidelines are already being used in alpha versions of the upcoming Jaunty release.
We have already made several changes to Update Managers behavior as a direct result of the discussions, so were grateful for the feedback.
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