Repost: Icon Names Standard

Rodney Dawes dobey at
Fri Sep 10 23:44:54 EEST 2004

There is no document that specifies icon names to standardize on, no. I
have started working on one, but have not had enough time to clean it
up and make it into a spec.

-- dobey

On Fri, 2004-09-10 at 09:22 +0200, Томислав Марковски wrote:
> Hello,
> I posted yesterday one message, but I didn't recieved the message, so I  
> figured somethings went wrong and I'm reposting it.
> I asked if there were any _well_ documented standards for icon naming in  
> GNOME and KDE. I need this specs for an application I'm developing that  
> builds icon themes. Currently, I've gathered the icon names from existing  
> themes, but there are so many differences from theme to theme (ex. some  
> apps on different distros use different icons, like firefox or  
> firefox-icon).
> Also the stock icons behave somewhat peculiar. I noticed this: when I put  
> gtk-go-forward/back icon in a stock folder, the icons don't seem to be  
> used, however gtk-go-up/down are used. Why is this (stock icons are not  
> replaced by the current gtk theme)?
> Has anyone looked into this issue? What sources can I use to at least come  
> to some solid documents? I've found some unofficial documents/tutorials,  
> but all of them are far from complete.
> How/where does a theme look for an icon of a specific application? Why  
> isn't always the binary file name used as icon name (ex.  
> gnome-panel-screenshot uses gnome-screenshot icon).
> Thank you all in advance.
> Tomislav

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