Icons, logos, Tango, consistency, the user experience, and our project looks like a 2D champaign flute

Roderick Colenbrander thunderbird2k at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 16:59:45 CDT 2009

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 11:51 PM, Warren Dumortier <nwarrenfl at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/4/17 Roderick Colenbrander <thunderbird2k at gmail.com>:
>> On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 9:34 PM, Joel Holdsworth
>> <joel at airwebreathe.org.uk> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Apologies if you've already read this - I've been having trouble
>>> getting the message to go through.
>>> I just had a play around with Tango-ifying Wine. The end result was
>>> quite pleasing. There aren't too many icons to deal with, so it's not a
>>> long job.
>>> All I've done here is swap out the shell32 icons, but I think the
>>> experience is definitely improved (see
>>> http://www.airwebreathe.org.uk/shell32.png ). Is it worth me submitting
>>> the patch?
>>> http://www.airwebreathe.org.uk/0001-Replaced-shell32-icons-with-Tango-icons.patch.txt
>>> I tried doing the same for user32 MessageBox icons, but the end result
>>> was less pleasing. These larger icons suffer from Wine's lack of alpha
>>> channel support when it comes to icon rendering. Semitransparent areas
>>> are rendered in black which looks yucky.
>>> I'm quite interested in pursuing this. I've been following wine for a
>>> long time, but I've never worked on the code. How hard is it likely to
>>> be for me, a wine newbie, to patch for icon alpha support?
>>> Joel
>> I wouldn't be against having these patches in Wine. Half a year or so
>> ago I was also looking at this but at that time this icon set was
>> still under the creative commons license. The developers were willing
>> to relicense the icons under the LGPL (they also mentioned that
>> eventually the icons would become public domain but at that time it
>> looked to happen months away). I'm glad that they are public domain
>> now.
>> Roderick
> Congrats, it looks very nice and i hope it'll be included in the near future.
> Are there plans to support transparency? I hate to see a black
> background with icons...

We do support transparency. Fancy alpha blending effects might not
work but this should work I think. It might depend on the file type
which was used and perhaps the setting of a color key in a palette
(look for other wine apps which uses, some of them must be using
transparency). Further apps like Office 2007 must also be using it and
the app looks fine.


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