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Re: More on icons for packages

|--==> Paul Brossier writes:

  PB> On Sun, 2005-01-23 at 19:35 -0500, Dale C. Scheetz wrote:
  >>With regards to GNOME panel icons. The "add to panel" option now no
  >>longer offers "launcher from menu" so now with the "custom launcer" 
  >>you have to hunt for your icon. 

  PB> well yes, here it does at least. also you can drag and drop it from your
  PB> menu.

  PB> On Tue, 2005-01-25 at 18:17 -0500, Dale C. Scheetz wrote:
  >>It might be better to reserve /usr/share/pixmaps specifically for menu
  >>icons in xpm format and create /usr/share/icons for png gif and jpeg
  >>icon images.

  PB> i don't think this is the right way to go. gnome and kde use the
  PB> freedesktop standard and look for their icons in /usr/share/pixmaps.
  PB> other applications using icons should seriously consider looking in
  PB> there if they want to find any. clever ones could prune redundant
  PB> icons according to their file format preference.

  PB> you don't really want to use jpeg in a menu do you?

  >>Is it worth while trying to get some general icon policy established
  >>or am I straigning at gnats?

  PB> another manual does not seem required. but mentionning the use
  PB> of .desktop would be a worth addition to the menu manual.

  PB> see http://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/latest/

  PB> here is a minimal .desktop example:

  PB> $ cat /usr/share/applications/freewheeling.desktop
  PB> [Desktop Entry]
  PB> Name=FreeWheeling
  PB> Comment=live looping instrument
  PB> Exec=fweelin
  PB> Terminal=0
  PB> Icon=freewheeling.xpm
  PB> Type=Application
  PB> Categories=Application;AudioVideo;

  PB> .desktop go in /usr/share/applications and icons in /usr/share/pixmaps
  PB> (or full path). both png and xpm are ok.

  PB> there could actually be some lintian/linda rules that checks if both
  PB> menu and .desktop entries are there and that the icons are installed at
  PB> the correct location.

I do agree with all these observations. Let me add that issues related
to the menu  systems are becoming even  more important now that Custom
Debian Distributions are entering the scene.



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