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== Purpose ==
A ''notification'' is an information that is not relevant to actual workflow. It is displayed via a certain [[Projects/Usability/HIG/NotificationMechanism|notification mechanism]] on a panel beneath the taskbar notification area. Notifications inform users about non-critical problems, but they don't prevent them.
Notifications pop-up and overlay all other windows. More than one notification are stacked vertically. Notifications disappear after a short period automatically, but can be closed by the user or keep visible by mouse over (remark: better description necessary). Each notification has its own [[Projects/Usability/HIG/CentralConfiguration|central configuration]] which can be reach by a small button with a wrench icon. (remark: icon description is too specific here)
== Examples ==
(remark: pictures only?)
=== Positive ===
* Email received
* New update available
* Download completed
* Low battery power
todo: picture
=== (Epic) Fails ===
* Low space on medium (this information becomes relevant for file managers and invoked as modal message in this case)
todo: picture
== Guidelines ==
* Do not use notifications for user assistance (consider to use [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tooltip|tool-tips]] or [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Balloon|balloons]] for short information, or refer to [[Projects/Usability/HIG/HelpSystem|help system]] for extended text.
* Do not use notifications for context relevant information that might interfere with the actual workflow (consider to use a [[Projects/Usability/HIG/MessageDialog|message dialog]].
* Do not add controls to notification.
* Do not override system settings. (remark: more specific)
* Provide header and content text (remark: not precise enough)
* Add origin and topic to the header. For instance: "Amarok: Now playing" or "Konsole: Event"
* Notification content must not exceed three lines.
* Customize notification with the origin's icon. (remark: word "origin" needs to be replaced; "icon" might be replaced by technical term)
* Provide actionable information (e.g. "Low battery power" "Only 13 min (2%) capacity remaining. Please save your stuff now. Your system will get shut down soon.") (remark: should be according actual text)
to be defined: Are all notifications configured in KCM? If not, how to separate?
== Code snippets ==
to be done

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