Multiple DeskTops, HiColor theme, standardized icon names, & menu icons

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Thu Jun 29 01:20:42 EEST 2006

Thiago Macieira wrote:
> Rodney Dawes wrote:
>> James and I agreed that app-specific icons should be installed to the
>> $XDG_DATA_DIRS/$appname/icons/$theme/... path structure, and that these
>> such paths should be added automatically to the search list by the icon
>> theme implementation. I already have a working patch that adds this to
>> the GTK+ icon theme implementation. I just need to write a patch to the
>> spec to include this, and get it in, along with getting the GTK+ patch
>> in, and KDE needs a patch to look there and fall back to apps/... for
>> backward compat.
> I agree that icon loader implementations should be able to load 
> application-specific icons on-the-fly, but I don't agree that the method 
> should be part of the icon theme specification, or where those 
> applications should keep their files.
> For example, applications could decide to keep the icons in the 
> executables themselves, or keep it in a large .zip file or any other 
> method.

We have KDE apps that don't store their icons in the standard location. 
  This isn't good.  But, the point is that for different DeskTops to 
become more interoperatable, they need to do things in the same way. 
This is a first step that may not have any immediate benefits, but it is 
still needed for future benefits.  So, the location where apps should 
install their private themed icons is a relevant part of the spec.


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