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

Kenneth Wimer kwwii at
Thu Jun 29 01:26:33 EEST 2006

On Jun 29, 2006, at 12:20 AM, James Richard Tyrer wrote:

> 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.

If they are privately themed icons (your words) why should it matter  
where they put them?

Perhaps they are private for a reason?


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