[PATCH] Support for title in notifications

Aurélien Gâteau aurelien.gateau at canonical.com
Wed Apr 8 14:41:58 BST 2009

Olivier Goffart wrote:
> It is not well defined what goes into title, and what goes into message.

I did a bit of research and found the Vista UX guidelines for "balloons":


The "Text" paragraph at the end of the document, describe what should go
in the title text and what should go in the body text.

Note that this document shows application-wide notifications, but I
believe Vista system-wide notifications are supposed to follow the same

For examples of Vista notifications, which show some sensible usage of
title and body texts, see:


Other interesting examples:

- Snarl (a Growl like implementation for Windows).
The battery examples are interesting:

- A screenshot of Adium using Growl to show an incoming chat message:

In short, I believe the title should be optional unless the application
can use it to provide useful information. If the notification
implementation needs a title, it can use the application name.


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