[Fwd: KDE-Dot: Default Icons

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Fri Aug 25 21:05:28 PDT 2006

Joseph Kowalski wrote:
>>   If this is done users not wanting CrystalSVG icons will get them ONLY 
>> if a HiColor icon does not exist. This is what I, and other users, 
>> expect to happen.
> Be careful.  You don't speak for this particular user.
> I agree with your view that CrystalSGV should not be installing in
> the hicolor space. I believe it may be appropriate for 
> implementations/distributions to add more default themes before
> hicolor, but I believe they should consider this carefully.

I emphasize here that this needs to be configurable because I can't see 
any setup that would make everyone happy.  I don't just mean personal 
preference but based on which icon themes will best harmonize with 
which.  The complaint I see most often is that CrystalSVG doesn't look 
good with KDEClassic.  I don't think that there is any question that 
they don't harmonize too well together.

However you can already do this in a configurable way by the use of: 
"Inherits=" statements in the themes: "index.theme" file.

So, I ask if having additional fall back themes before HiColor is even 
needed.  And as it currently is setup in KDE, it causes problems.

> Where we disagree is that I strongly believe the specification is
> correct in requiring that hicolor be the last theme checked.  If this
> is not true, then its no longer the default.  It will take just a
> few release cycles until the theme(s) located behind hicolor become
> the defacto default.

There wouldn't be an issue if all DeskTops shipped a complete HiColor 
theme with generic icons (i.e. didn't simply rename icons of another 
theme to fill up the HiColor theme).  Unfortunately, this is not the 
case.  Currently, this isn't the case with KDE and GNOME.  So, if the 
Icon Loader falls back to HiColor, it is quite likely that an icon won't 
be found since the generic KDE icons are installed in KDEClassic and the 
generic GNOME icon are installed in Gnome.  This is the problem for 
which I have made one suggestion (having backup themes for HiColor).  I 
will be glad to hear other ideas on how to solve it.  I don't have my 
ego invested in my idea.  I am an engineer and if I hear a better idea, 
I will support it.

Currently, I have HiColor:


This works fine because KDE and GNOME don't have the same icon names. 
But, FreeDesktop is working on standard icon names and then this is 
going to have problems and it would be good if the list could be changed 
based on which DeskTop was being run.

> More importantly, as an ISV, I want to install an icon that will only
> be seen if the distribution hasn't decided to do a "distro theme approriate"
> icon *in front* of it: I want the distro to have this opportunity.

Such a "distro (or DeskTop) theme appropriate" icon is certainly what I 
would like to see.  However, it is better to fall back to the HiColor 
theme which is supposed to be generic (sometimes incorrectly referred to 
as "unthemed") than to use an icon from a theme that strongly clashes 
with the user's selected theme (e.g. if the user has selected 
KDEClassic, it would be better to use the generic HiColor icon than to 
use a CrystalSVG or CrystalClear icon).


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