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

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Thu Jun 29 02:15:26 EEST 2006

First of all, I'm sorry I did lose most of the original discussion. I am 
trying to catch up now.

Rodney Dawes wrote:
>Applications using internal resources, or icons in a zip
>file aren't following the specification anyway, so are irrelevant.

Actually, this is my point: the internal resources are not part of the 
specification. I was under the impression that this is what was the 
object of the discussion.

So, do I understand correctly that we're discussing normal, themable, 
icons that are installed by one application, used by that one application 
only, but which may need to be themed?

In your words:
>The real problem here is that we need a good way to deal with
>action/status/etc... icons provided by the applications themselves,
>which are not part of the base set of icons, or are specific to the
>application itself, and are required by its UI.

If an application were to require a specific icon that is supposed to be 
themed, why not place the application's name in the icon name so as to 
create a "namespace"? This would require no change to the current icon 

Therefore, the reservation of an application-specific namespace for icons 
wouldn't be part of the icon *theme* specification, but part of the icon 
*naming* specification.

The drawback I see there is that the icon cache could conceivably become 
large. On the other hand, moving the icons to outside the icon theme root 
could instead bypass the entire caching mechanism.

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