Notifications Theming

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Wed Mar 11 00:14:47 CET 2009

On Tuesday 10 March 2009, Trever Fischer wrote:
> On Tuesday 10 March 2009 12:15:53 pm Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> > On Friday 06 March 2009, Trever Fischer wrote:
> > > Are there any plans to, erm, extend the Extender class and provide some
> > > custom SVG elements for notifications?
> >
> > Rob's already commented on the animations and current theming system, so
> > i'll skip that bit, but...
> >
> > ... why do we want notifications (or jobs, for that matter) to look
> > different?
> Notifications/jobs are unique elements of a desktop, so they should be
> allowed to be styled as such.

how are they unique?

> If someone has some really super-slick idea
> for how notifications should look, they can easily theme them without
> having to worry about all other extenders looking strange. For instance,

and so extenders of other uses are never notifications? or jobs? or..?

> I'd like the default plasma theme to have transparent notifications instead
> of using the opaque extender SVG. imho, extenders are just generic widgets
> with special behavior. Notifications are special widgets with special
> behavior. They're very distinct.

again, how so?

> And aren't notifications meant to be able to grab a user's attention? If

yes and no. they are meant to be visible, but not be so distracting. besides, 
it really has nothing to do with the look but with movement and appearing 
without user interaction.

> they look like every other UI element, they have a tendency blend right in.

the don't look like every other UI element (there's a reason plasma looks 
different from applications, and why extenders are also somewhat unique within 
plasma); that said, there's also something to be said about blending in at 
least a bit...

Aaron J. Seigo
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