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Posted Mar 5, 2009 19:08 UTC (Thu) by mpt (guest, #53303)
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 doesn’t 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 that’s not the clearest possible way of wording it, but it’s 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 Manager’s behavior as a direct result of the discussions, so we’re grateful for the feedback.

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