Icon Theme Spec + High Contrast Icons
thos at gnome.org
Tue Nov 29 14:01:00 PST 2005
Calum Benson wrote:
> (Snipping Suzanna, who no longer works at Sun, and adding Bill who I
> don't think is on the XDG list.)
> On 26 Nov 2005, at 14:42, Thomas Wood wrote:
>> High contrast icons should be designed such that they are visible
>> on a black backgrounds, as well as white. The icons should also
>> designed such that they can be easily inverted to create a High
>> Contrast Invert themes. I am also CC'ing the maintainers of the GNOME
>> High Contrast theme to get their comments on how to go about creating
>> good high contrast icons.
> The HIG already includes design guidelines for high contrast icons:
This is much better than my one paragraph attempt. Should we link to the
page, or create an extra section in the spec for this?
> Some other thoughts:
> - There's also the question of low contrast icons, but I think it was
> previously suggested that they'd be better rendered on the fly (by
> adjusting the colour values of the 'regular') by a low contrast theme
> engine. Does this still sound plausible/sensible to everyone?
Creating the low contrast icons can be done automatically as you
suggest, so I don't think it would be a good idea to burden developers
with having to do more work to get their application "accessible" than
is strictly necessary.
> - The high and low contrast icon themes still have separate large print
> versions, but since they're identical to the regular versions, they're
> now hidden in the UI (rather than not installed at all, because of
> potential upgrade problems described in http://
> bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=168977). Should we mention that the
> large print versions of the high and low contrast icon themes are
> deprecated? (Or does anyone have any thoughts on how we can gracefully
> get rid of them altogether?)
I noticed that the "HighContrast" icon theme in GNOME is actually blank,
and it is the icons in HighContrastLargePrint that are actually used. I
would suggest we swap this and depreciate the LargePrint versions. I
think we will have to bite the bullet on the 'upgrade path' problem and
just remove them. The worst case is someone will just have to re-select
the high contrast icon theme from the theme capplet.
However, this is a GNOME issue that needs to be addressed separately.
For the purposes of the icon theme spec, I think we should stick to just
HighContrast and not mention the others.
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