Icon Theme Spec and Cross-desktop Themeing

Julien Olivier julo at altern.org
Tue Jul 15 14:12:43 EEST 2003

On Mon, 2003-07-14 at 16:23, Rodney Dawes wrote:
> Hi,
> This is an initial mail to warn you all that I'm working on a
> proposal for updates to the Icon Theme spec, and to solicit
> complaints against the current revision, or suggestions for
> improvement. Currently my proposals exist of the following:
> - Adding support for the ~/.themes tree
> - Standardizing names for icons, so that we will actually have
>   cross-desktop icon themes, rather than a buttload of duplicate
>   icons, because they are named differently between kde and gnome

I think this is the most important point and, IMHO, it's the main reason
why icon themes should exist. For example, KDE and GTK/GNOME stock icons
should be the same. There should be one "print" icon, one "previous"
icon, one "next" icon etc... and these icons should be shared by any
tookit on the desktop (including Java, OOO etc...).

> - Fixing the grammar and spelling errors in the spec
> Constructive criticism is well appreciated. What do people think
> of having standard directories and filenames for icons that do
> specific things, so that they can be shared more easily across the
> desktops and, more importantly, between applications. It would also
> save a lot of time and hassle for the artists that are making the
> themes as well, since they don't have to create copies of icons for
> different applications and desktops.
> Thanks.
> -- dobey
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