What it is
The Notifications widget is the very first signaling device built into MAIDENS, from initial version onward. It provides a general purpose system for message delivering and response/confirmation gathering.
How does it look/behave
The Notifications reside in the main window, in a panel that is normally hidden and slides-over from the bottom when needed. The need could be an event of interest that occurred in the application, a confirmation request, etc.
Notifications always contain text, and sometimes action buttons such as OK or Cancel. When buttons are present, the panel stays on-screen indefinitely, only hiding when a button is clicked. Otherwise, it automatically hides after some delay (based on the length of the text displayed). When this is the case, utility controls show in the top-right corner of the panel. From left to right, they are:
- the close button: dismisses the widget immediately;
- the pin button: cancels the auto-close timer, leaving the close button as the only option for dismissal;
- the time remaining gauge: monitors the screen time as it drains out.
The background of the notification panel is color coded, so that you can quickly get a clue of the event type involved. These are the colors used and their meaning:
- green: success or operation complete;
- yellow: important information (you need to acknowledge something);
- orange: confirmation (you need to respond to something);
- red: error;
- blue: generator message or background operation;
- purple: web service message.
What to Use it For
You use the Notifications panel to respond to application questions, provide confirmation, react to errors, or to catch a glimpse of background operations as they happen: for instance, when starting playback, you may shortly see a “Preparing MIDI” note.
Note: the complete list of pending bugs, features and epics is available in Jira.