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Re: RFC: status icon support

From: Dan Nicolaescu
Subject: Re: RFC: status icon support
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 09:18:18 -0800

Tom Tromey <address@hidden> writes:

  > This patch implements status icon support for Emacs.
  > A status icon is an icon that sits in a part of the panel called the
  > "system tray".  It can be used to display notifications that are
  > somewhat less intrusive than a real dialog box.  A status icon can
  > also have a menu (unimplemented here), react to button presses, and
  > can display notification messages.
  > This patch only works when using Gtk.  It could in theory be made to
  > work with other toolkits -- there is a cross-desktop systray
  > specification, and both Windows and the Mac support something similar.
  > However, I don't know these other platforms, so someone else would
  > have to implement that.
  > This patch is still incomplete.  It needs a configure change and some
  > #ifdefs.  It also needs a ChangeLog entry and, I think, a section in
  > the elisp manual.
  > I'm looking for feedback on the general approach, the code, etc.

Very interesting idea!
What would the lisp code for this look like?

Another possible use that comes to mind: emit some kind of notification
when a (long) compilation finishes.

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