Wine integration with native (Gtk, Qt, Cocoa/Carbon) themes

Roderick Colenbrander thunderbird2k at
Sun Nov 2 16:52:29 CST 2008

For fun I looked a bit at the format. An msstyles file is just a win32 resource file. It contains various sections each containing strings, colors or bitmaps. Colors are just stored in a text file. Uxtheme parses this text file and loads the colors 1:1 from this section into the registry.

The main issue is creating a resource file it can either be compiled using wrc or it could an empty file could be created from a program and then updated using UpdateResource and friends. The first solution is the nicest way but not everyone might install wrc.

Anyway desktops will never move to this microsoft format. I think both gtk and qt are now moving to xml based formats. We could define our own spec for that but I doubt they will move to this. They attempted before to use the same theme format but it didn't work out well.


> On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 3:01 PM, Dan Kegel <dank at> wrote:
> > FWIW, my opinion is that any deep integration
> > is going to be hard, and that for the moment
> > we should go with something much simpler:
> > simply support mstheme files well, and provide
> > themes that look like the default themes on
> > Ubuntu / OpenSuse / Fedora.
> I agree. I simply think any outside tools we develop should be used in
> conjunction with a proposed formal standard. If the MS formats are
> open there is no reason we cannot propose the usage of them, or a
> variation on them as part of FreeDesktop making Wine play nicer with
> everyone (mono and moonlight prove MS standards and formats can be of
> use for Linux). I'll spend some of the copious amounts of free-time I
> have at work researching for formats and we can continue the propose
> standard discussion off list later in the week.
> -- 
> Steven Edwards
> "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and
> that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo

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