Blue Triangle, top left, next to BFB.

Bug #800256 reported by Hugh Saunders on 2011-06-21
This bug affects 3 people
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Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have no idea what it means, or why it is there. I thought it was a bug.
According to[1] it means that an app needs attention, but I don't know which one.
I clicked on all the open apps in the launcher in turn until the blue triangle went away.

So this isn't really a technical bug, its more of a usability problem. If there is some sort of indicator, it needs to be clear what it is indicating. Or maybe have someway of discovering what it is for - a label that pops up when you mouse over it? Open the app that requires attention when you click on the blue corner?

Maybe after a while users will learn to look at the launcher when they see the blue triangle by the BFB, but initially its baffling.


Hugh Saunders (hughsaunders) wrote :

OK, I just had the blue triangle top left again. This time I noticed that the little triangles next to the icon for the app that requires my attention are slightly bluer than usual.

Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :

Hugh: correct; the blue colouration of the pips/triangles next to the icons in the Launcher indicate which window(s) have requested attention.

Learning the association (same as for the colours used in the interface) is quite likely going to be a subconscious activity were repeated exposure and predictable behaviour lead to the association without needing to be explicitly taught (as you've found). In a way, the blue notifications/pips can be seen as an optimisation stage: little is lost if a user does not immediately notice the hints but they aid the user without resorting the alternative behaviour of flashing something up on top of their desktop.

Of course, details such as the shape and style can continue to be subtly refined based on feedback and testing.

Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

Hugh: When the blue triangle comes up, doesn't an app icon in the launcher pop out and wiggle as well? Both the BFB getting blue and the app icon popping out happen at the same time, and should be enough for the user to understand that an app is demanding attention.

Marking as invalid as it seems like just a misunderstanding. If there are any problems with the functionality itself (Blue triangle doesn't correspond to an app asking for attention for example) then please raise it as a separate bug.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in unity:
status: New → Invalid
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