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Window indicators

May 03, 2010, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Shuttleworth)

"The Ayatana Indicators work has given us a crisp, clean basis for indicators in the panel. We've said they will all look a particular way, and behave a particular way. And we've said they will be placed on the right of the panel.

"But why limit indicators to the panel? Let's make it possible for applications to use indicators themselves, for all the things that indicators are good at:

* Conveying a particular state, such as whether or not the application is connected,
* Providing a handle for the indicator menu, to modify that state

"We'll start with "window indicators", or "windicators" for fun. Windicators are indicators displayed in the window title bar that behave just like the indicators in the panel: they have an icon which shows state, and clicking on the icon brings up a menu. Applications can create, update and remove window indicators using an API more or less like the AppIndicator framework first put to use in 10.04 LTS."

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