Projects/Oxygen/Sound Theme Naming Specification

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Sound is an important element used to communicate with users. It is important, then, that there be a unified and simplified way of organizing sounds. It should not be forgotten that the sounds should integrate with the looks of KDE4, they need to blend in.


The contexts for a sound theme are (these are more or less placeholders as this schema is sorted out):

Table 1. Sound Theme Contexts
Name Description Directory
System Events Sounds which are generally used to notify the user of events relating to the system, ie: startup, warning dialogs, etc system
User Interface Events Sounds associated with the desktop environment, such as minimize, shade, or kicker events ui
Misc. Application Events Sounds associated with application events, such as a successful cd burn, which don't fit within other categories application

System Events

A list for now

  • Network events
  • Critical Stop
  • Default Beep
  • Show Toolbar
  • System Notification
Table 3. System Events
Name Description Type Filename
Startup during startup Adhoc
Shutdown during system shutdown Adhoc sys.log.out.ogg
Hibernate Cumputer Hibernates Informational
Standby Cumputer enters standby mode Informational
Logon User Logon Informational
Logoff User Logoff Informational
Logon error Wrong Username or Password Error

User Interface Events

Desktop UI

Table 3. Desktop UI
Name Description Filename
Minimize to Tray
Restore from Tray
Shade Up
Shade Down
Icon Hover
Icon Select

Menu UI

Table 3. Menu UI
Name Description Filename
Menu Button Select Selecting the K Menu menu-button-select
Menu Browse Browsing through the menu, on a new menu item hover menu-browse
Menu Item Select Selecting a menu item menu-item-select

Application Level Events

Communication Events

Table 3. Communication Events
Name Description Filename
New Email A new email message is received new-email
New IM a new instant message is received new-message
New alert
Name mentioned in chat room?
Connected to messaging service
Disconnected from messaging service
Person Joins
Person Leaves
Receive Call
Receive Request to Join
Contact Online

Miscellaneous and Cross-Category Events

  • Successful (cd burn, file transfer, etc. Possibly separate these)

Hardware Events

Table 3. Hardware Events
Name Description Filename
Battery Charging
Running on AC
Low Battery Alarm
Critical Battery Alarm
Device Connected
Device Disconnected
Device Failed to Connect
Print sent to Queue
Print Complete


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