[PATCH] Turn Powerdevil suspend notification into a dialog

Aurélien Gâteau aurelien.gateau at canonical.com
Thu Sep 24 08:42:59 BST 2009

Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> On Tuesday 22 September 2009, Aurélien Gâteau wrote:
>> In case you missed it, an earlier discussion about notification
>> capabilities on this list diverged a bit on Powerdevil suspend
>> notification. I am referring to the notification which appears when
>> your laptop is running out of battery. Powerdevil shows a
>> notification to tell you it will suspend the machine in a few
>> seconds, unless you click the "Cancel" button of the notification.
>> I believe this is one of the few cases where using a dialog is more
>> appropriate than using a notification because the system is about to
>> do something very drastic, so it should ensure the user does not miss
>> it.
>> The dialog approach has a drawback though: it can steal the focus,
>> resulting in the user accidentally triggering one of the dialog
>> buttons if the dialog receive a keystroke intended for the previously
>> active window.
> I haven't read all messages in this thread, so maybe this has already 
> been asked by someone else:
> How does Mac OS X notify the user when her laptop is running out of 
> battery?
> How does Windows Vista or Windows 7 notify the user when his laptop is 
> running out of battery?
> If neither Mac OS X nor Windows use a dialog then I'd say that this is a 
> strong indication that a dialog is not the right solution for the 
> problem.

If I am not mistaken, Max OS X uses a dialog, Windows uses a passive 
popup (no cancel button). But I believe none of them will automatically 
suspend, they will let you go to the end of the battery (I could be 
wrong on this).


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