[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Proposed new core library: alert.el

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Proposed new core library: alert.el
Date: Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:05:49 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (darwin)

alert.el is a library I've been using for the last four years to provide a
richer notification interface than `message'. The current version is here:


It supports many alert backends:

;;   fringe        - Changes the current frame's fringe background color
;;   mode-line     - Changes the current frame's mode-line background color
;;   gntp          - Uses gntp, it requires gntp.el (see 
;;   growl         - Uses Growl on OS X, if growlnotify is on the PATH
;;   ignore        - Ignores the alert entirely
;;   libnotify     - Uses libnotify if notify-send is on the PATH
;;   log           - Logs the alert text to *Alerts*, with a timestamp
;;   message       - Uses the Emacs `message' facility
;;   notifications - Uses notifications library via D-Bus
;;   notifier      - Uses terminal-notifier on OS X, if it is on the PATH
;;   toaster       - Use the toast notification system

alert.el also allows highly configurable user-styles, for deciding when and
how various alerts are presented.

I'm not proposing Emacs be changed to use alert, only that alert be made
available to all package authors as a richer alternative to `message' or

I suggest core rather than ELPA because I'd like to encourage wider use of
such a facility; but I could see an argument for moving it into ELPA too.
Being in core would give justification for adding a section in the Elisp
manual on using alerts for rich notification. Or, we could start applying it
in existing core modules where it makes sense to do so.


reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]