RFC: Wine Icons

Joel Holdsworth joel at airwebreathe.org.uk
Sat Dec 13 05:56:13 CST 2008

On Wed, 2008-12-10 at 20:43 +0000, Hervÿffffe9 Chanal wrote:
> > On Friday 14 November 2008 19:13:32 Juan Lang wrote:
> >
> > > > I find that a bit alarming. I'm sure he's working very hard, and doing
> > > > good stuff, but I don't think Wine should be redrawing anything. Not
> > > > when we have Tango around - it's designed to try create some consistency
> > > > through standardisation. IMO standards are really good! - we use them if
> > > > we possibly can.
> > >
> > > The trouble is that the Tango icon set doesn't cover all the icons
> > > Wine needs.  There's no Tango icon for regedit, for instance.
> >
> > IIRC there's Tango icon sets for specific applications. If we're doing our own 
> > icons anyway, we could try to keep them coherent with the rest of the Tango 
> > look and get the icons upstream to Tango.
> >
> > This seems like the most reasonable approach. Of course the only things I 
> > usually paint are walls so I'd have no idea how easy it is to match the Tango 
> > specs when designing icons.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Kai
> First of all, sorry to not have answered before and for my poor English, but I was quite busy 
> these past months and I didn't see all these messages since today. I realize that the two patch I 
> sent an hour ago are not the best answer to all these issues (I think these two newer icons
> look nicer in the open dialog boxes anyway) and that all theses points have to be discussed.
> When remaking icons, I tried to add a bit of consistency while improving a bit the icons.
> Obviously, I missed something. Reading all theses remarks, I agree that a better way to handle 
> these icons are to use the Tango ones when they are available. As it was stated, including them
> is not straightforward and I haven't the skill to work on including these libraries into the wine 
> tree. I hope somebody will work on these issues. In the meanwhile, maybe I'll try to improve the
> others shell32 icons as the bin or the computer which I found awful in this size but I don't know 
> if it's a good idea.
> Cheers,
> Hervé

Hi Herve,

Yes I agree it would be good for the icons to get some improvement. Some
of the ones there currently are pretty poor. We really need to try and
get as much consistency as we can. I really would encourage you to go
for tango if you can. It's served ReactOS well. It might even be
possible for me to help with making custom Tango icons.

Here on the Lumiera project we've adopted a method for making icons
called the one canvas work flow, which was inspired by these videos:
http://blip.tv/file/1075329 and http://blip.tv/file/1077148 

This allows you to use a single SVG canvas with icon drawings
specialised for different sizes. A script is then executed as part of
the build process to render the individual sizes into their appropriate

The Tango library is large, so there are many icons available already.
You might find this helpful in seeing what's already there:

Let me know if I can help at all.

God bless
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