Icon theme specification: Standardizing icon names
rgammon at real.com
Tue Oct 12 01:03:44 EEST 2004
Frans Englich wrote:
>Attached is a patch which standardizes 1048 icon names, compiled from the
>~2050 icons which KDE and GNOME in all houses. While that sounds like a lot,
>and bizarre for that matter too, the important question is where this is
>heading, what we want to achieve, and why.
Cool. I like icons like:
Some of them are a little less core:
Maybe we could separate these into categories? Maybe base, office,
media, etc? Apps could require a certain level of icon theme-ed-ness in
order to be fully themed.
Will document (mime type) icons ever appear in this spec? Would
RealAudio/RealVideo mime type icons eventually show up in a fdo spec?
How does RealAudio/RealVideo and RealPlayer work with this proposal?
>* There's a big difference between how GNOME and KDE handles folder
>attributes. GNOME uses "emblems" as overlays, partly in its spatial browsing
>concept. KDE has the "folder reflects content" feature and indicators for
>read only folders, for example. KDE doesn't use overlays, but use ordinary
>folder icons modified by hand. Should we agree on a method for this? (I would
>say KDE should switch to overlays and the emblem group to be extended) Or
>should we have emblems as well as folders like KDE do?
>It should also be asked if scaled mimetype icons(as overlays) should be used
>instead of emblems, especially for KDE's "folder reflects content". Otherwise
>it will be an endless adding of emblems.
If emblems are standardized, will there be a fdo spec like the gnome hig
for how to draw emblems? (perspective, palette, lighting, etc)?
>* In the patch there is standardized application icons for common ones, which
>allows simple programs to easily be themed, without having to bother with
>individual applications(but this can also be solved with pseudo icons). Is
>this a good idea or would it only be ignored?
I'm sure we'd have a strong preference for RealPlayer to show up with a
Real icon, and not a generic media player icon -- it would be ignored by us.
rgammon at real.com
Developer for Helix Player
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