Icon themes

Frans Englich frans.englich at telia.com
Wed Feb 16 19:59:51 EET 2005

Sorry for the late reply.

On Monday 14 February 2005 04:29, Andrew Conkling wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-02-14 at 04:21 +0000, Frans Englich wrote:
> >No, there exists no standardization of icon names. It is certainly of
> >interest, since it is the key to themes which actually aren't bound to
> >a desktop environment, as well as it simplifies a lot of practical
> > details.
> >
> >I did an initial draft, which standardized icon names, as extension to the
> >Icon Theme specification, collected from KDE's and GNOME's repositories.
> > That draft is a good start, but nevertheless remains massive grunt work
> > and coordination -- which unfortunately will have to continue to wait for
> > me for undefined time, unless it also brings food on the table. Perhaps I
> > should contact a distro.
> Where can I find this initial draft?  I'd be interested in trying to
> jumpstart some thoughts on the matter, since the theme I work on has a
> pretty active community that would have some thoughts and opinions from
> a variety of DEs.

Here's the draft:

A part which have heavily changed since the draft is the country related 
icons; in sub-sequent threads the issue have been sorted out. It's one of the 
things which needs updating. 

If someone decides to pick up the draft before me, send me a mail such that we 
sync; you get to know what I know, what needs to be done(IMO), the updates I 
have locally, etc.

> I mostly think this is an important step to achieving some sort of
> standard; even though it would take apps a while to 'catch up' by
> changing their specs, at least there would be something to refer to.  A
> few times, I've had to muck around the code only to find that a standard
> icon is given a name of <app-name-here>-stock-foo.png.  Ridiculous....
> >I think your alternative is to do what themes currently do: tailor for a
> >certain desktop environment.
> That's no solution! :D  I can see tailoring for GTK as opposed to QT,
> but (e.g.) with at least a few GTK DEs out there--Gnome and Xfce, for
> example--a widget-wide standard would be nice.

Indeed. I will try to find a distributor which have interest in supporting 
this, on my TODO.



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