[Proposal] Meta themes spec.

Vincent Untz vuntz at gnome.org
Mon Jun 11 01:21:32 PDT 2007

Hi Stephan,

Just cc'ing gnome-themes-list because I'm not sure the relevant GNOME
people are on xdg.


Le vendredi 08 juin 2007, à 12:53 +0200, Stephan Arts a écrit :
> Hello all,
> I would like to propose starting to work on a specification for  metathemes.
> Theme packages which are equipped with multitude of themes, like Gtk+,
> metacity, icons, cursors, wallpapers, xfwm4, KDE-theme-manager, Kwin,
> kde-sounds... etc.
> With the introduction of these 'meta-theme'-packages (lacking a better
> word for it), artists will be able to provide the user with a complete
> UI experience in one go.
> However, this is only going to work if it is going to encapsulate
> existing theme standards. A metatheme not being a theme by itself, but
> a package of different real themes, aimed towards providing the user
> with a complete set of icons, wm-themes, wallpaper(s), cursors and
> widget-styles.
> Typically, a metatheme package can be a .tar.gz archive, containing
> the different themes in folders:
> /gtk-2/
> /metacity/
> /xfwm4/
> /kth/
> /kwin/
> /icons/
> /wallpapers/
> And an index.metatheme or metatheme.xml file containing information
> about the contents of the package. Like which components are
> available, a package might not contain an xfwm4 theme for example, and
> the author, license and release-version/date information.
> Extensions of some sort might be nice to have too.
> Example:
> Some gtk-themes might require a theme-engine to work correctly. The
> metatheme package should be aware of this so implementations can
> inform the user about such requirements.
> I would like to know what you think about this.
> Regards,
> Stephan Arts
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