Whats that icon ?

Keeping up with the theme of making life easier for application developers, I decided to take an afternoon off from releasing GNOME 3.13.3, and wrote a little application that shows icons from the icon theme, their symbolic variants, and some extra information from the icon naming spec, such as the icon description, and the context for the icon.

Icon browser

This should make it a little easier to find the right icon to use in your application. gtk3-icon-browser will be available in GTK+ 3.13.4.

12 thoughts on “Whats that icon ?”

    1. My screen is banked on a 90″ angle, as are a lot of dev’s screens! 🙂

  1. Hi Matthias,

    Taking advantage of all changes introduced in the icons, and particularly since this commit, https://git.gnome.org/browse/gtk+/commit/?id=ffedaa71cdd4386344d9b1a85c5bc397333ac9a4

    It is time to improve the icons spec?

    I am among those who think that the responsibility to use icons symbolicos or not, is purely the responsibility of the designers.

    Everything comes beginning this bug, https://github.com/matiasdelellis/pragha/pull/64

    As a developer I know I need to display an icon to start playback! So, use “media-playback-start”, but The recommendation is to use symbolic icons in the toolbar, just in the gtk theme used may not correctly display the icon (In dark themes, etc).

    In most cases, the presumption that the icons not seen, is incorrect and if necessary, the same theme, should require the use of symbolic icons

    As a developer should not worry about this. I just know that I need represent something like “A button that suggest start the playback”, and designers must do their job.

    In this case, change Awaita, to automatically display the symbolic icons in the appropriate places..

    What do you think?

    Thank you!,

  2. The icons should be near their labels. There’s too much white space between them, making the list hard to parse.

    1. I agree. It would be easier to view and match up the icons with their text if the icons were on the left.

  3. Really useful. I have seen myself digging into both repositories (gnome-icon-theme and gnome-icon-theme-symbolic) every time I needed to know an icon name.

  4. The provided desktop file refers to an icon which I cannot find in any place. Is it the desktop file icon available somewhere?

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