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

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Thu Jun 29 08:30:51 EEST 2006

Stephan Kulow wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 29. Juni 2006 00:54 schrieb James Richard Tyrer:
>> This probably doesn't make much difference (at least for now) for KDE
>> apps and GNOME apps because they will continue to use their respective
>> icon loaders to load the icons.  But, what about third party apps?
>> There needs to be standard so that they can have the DeskTop (probably
>> through Portland) load the themed icons.  Third party apps need ONE
>> standard to follow for menus, icons, MIME types, widget themes, color
>> schemes, etc.
> Why do they need to have it standarized where to put there data beside
> what the FHS or LSB say?
> The application will use icon loader FOO and they need to put their icons 
> where FOO expects it. That can be _anywhere_ and I can't see any technical 
> reason why the icon loader should be interchangable for one app.
Portland is a new Free Desktop initiative coming out of the OSDL Desktop 
Architects' Meeting (hosted in Portland, Oregon in December 2005). 
Portland intends to generate a common set of Linux Desktop Interfaces 
and Tools to allow all applications to easily integrate with the free 
desktop configuration an end user has chosen to work with.
Did I miss something?

If an app is going to request an icon through the Portland interface 
library, aren't they going to need to be installed in a standardized 
location as well.


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