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