Icon removal issue

It seems that some icons got removed from the gnome-icon-theme recently which has caused both problems and some debate. To me there are two issues here. The first is that I think we should start seeing our collection of icons as part of our ABI stability promise. Removing and changing icons names at regular intervals have been the norm for some time now, and as someone who has worked on maintaining themes its been a pain. Application developers and users also have a right to be upset if icons they IMHO rightly could expect to be there suddenly are gone and their applications breaks due to it.

The issue of wether we should have those icons displayed in Nautilus is another separate issue. I don’t have any strong feelings on it, but I think it would have been a better approach to at least add an option of getting those textual descriptions back through a gconf key enabling emblems. So that the people who wanted to keep textual descriptions could do so by enabling one gconf key and emblems would appear where before ‘hardcoded’ images where used. That solution would also allow for a more i18n friendly setup.


#1 HE on 02.06.06 at 08:19

Is i18n even desirable for textual description icons? Filetypes doesn’t change with the language.

#2 Christian on 02.06.06 at 08:38

Filetypes make the i18n issue less, but there are still cases where for instances people want to write out the filetype etc., using local alphabets for instance.

#3 Mathias Hasselmann on 02.06.06 at 09:03

Something went wrong with GNOME recently. It was know for it attempts to do things, even if that proper road takes longer, but recently some *idiots* prefering shortcuts trying to take over the lead. This is sad. If they win, then GNOME is dead.

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#4 Mathias Hasselmann on 02.06.06 at 09:04

Pardon: s/to do things/to do things right/