Re: proposal for limiting menu icons color and size
I've been busy so I havn't been joining in the discussion as much as
I'd like, but here are some of my comments.
Joey Hess <email@example.com> writes:
> Christian Schwarz:
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> > On Sat, 8 Mar 1997, Joey Hess wrote:
> > > There has been some discussion on debian-devel about what size and
> > > colormap the icons on the debian menus should use. The consensus seems to be
> > > that icons are limited to 32x32 pixels, and a 16x16 minicon is also
Personally, I think that a 16x16 looks right on my fvwm2 menu as it is
roughly the same size as the text.
Certainly icons on menus should be smaller than 32x32, and I'm in
favour of restricting that to 16x16 (Though I'm willing to be
convinced otherwise). Perhaps this could be user configurable.
A different, but related point was that minimised icons look better if
they are the same size. For this, a larger icon is needed. I'd be
happy with 32x32, although 48x48 was suggested. Using
iconname.size.xpm to differentiate them seems a good idea.
AFAIK, menu doesn't support providing icons for minimised apps. It would be
nice if something could, and I think menu would be a reasonable place
to do so. An extension to the format of the menu definition file is
required so that the appropriate icon is used.
> > > provided. Also, we limit the colormap to 24 colors that are the default
I'm happy limiting the colour map in this way. I'm not really qualified to
comment on this implementation, but it seems reasonable.
> > > colormap for the GIMP (and are a superset of the 16 colors MS Windows uses
> > > for icons). Here is an xpm that has the 24 colors in it:
> > [snip]
> > First of all, I must admit I haven't followed this discussion so far. But
> > if you got a consensus about this, we should probably add a new section to
> > the Policy Manual.
> > Does everyone agree with this version?
> I'm not sure if the menu system is ready to be included in the policy manual
> yet. If it is, we should also add to the policy manual that programs should
> register themselves on the menus.
PS I'm currently having problems with user menus and fvwm2. I'll try to
investigate further when I have time. It may just be failure to RTFM
properly on my behalf. /usr/doc/menu and man update-menus differ on
whether they should be in ~/.menu or ~/.menus though I think there is
more to it than that