Icon theme specification: Standardizing icon names

Frans Englich frans.englich at telia.com
Wed Oct 13 20:15:21 EEST 2004

On Saturday 09 October 2004 21:50, Frans Englich wrote:
> An icon theme spec would obviously separate toolkit from the icons. It
> would be natural to package them separately, because of the usual arguments
> of user choice and developer flexibility(applications would depend on a
> toolkit which in turn would depend on a virtual icon theme package). While
> it may sound theoretical, pressure will probably come later on. It could be
> a good idea to start that separation, so it's already done. It would also
> help to avoid the toolkit and icon theme to grow back together, and ensure
> the icon theme's abstraction/relay role is kept by making it more difficult
> to bypass the spec.

This is quite important; kdelibs and gtk wouldn't contain any icons, only a 
compiled in "unknown" icon. This is simply necessary to make the icon theme 
choice possible.

I have in plans for KDE 4 to go through crystalsvg and from the ground build 
it up to the spec, as a separate package(but I haven't sought developer buy 
in, yet). Is there similar plans in GNOME? Once a stable spec arrives, of 



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