Re: 2.3 Feature Request: Inactive toolbar icons

On Fri, 2003-02-07 at 11:34, Christopher James Lahey wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-02-07 at 11:12, shaihulud supereva it wrote:
> > Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > 
> > >We're mostly looking for "yes, I am coding >this feature" emails, rather than
> > >suggestions. Sorry. :-) You may want to >lodge a GTK+ bug on this, though -
> > >it would be much prettier!
> > 
> > >- Jeff
> > 
> > Thanks iain for make the patch ! Here is a screenshot:
> >
> > 
> > I think that would be better if the alpha  is scaled down at 75-80%. In this way the inactive icons look better on a light or dark background.


> I personally don't mind the checks, but if consensus is that they're
> ugly, then I agree that we should look for a way to make the toolbars
> look better, but we shouldn't do this as the expense of usability.

What about drawing them in gray-scale?  Or as some kind of "embossed"
effect?  That not only would look quite spectacular, but should look
distinctly different than a normal icon, as well.  Assuming it can be
done right with smaller icons, of course.  Gray-scale probably wouldn't
work for gray icons, either.  The GTK theme could have the ability to
specify "draw inactive icons in this shade", or the engine could provide
a means of specially altering the icons (so different themes have
different effects - what is good for a high-color theme doesn't work for
something like high-contrast).

> We should look into different patterns for the checks. Perhaps
> decreasing the saturation of the checks or making them larger, but less
> pixelated, with smooth borders.  I don't really know.  However, even if
> we can't find anything better, removing this usability feature would, I
> believe, be the wrong decision.
> Thanks,
>    Chris
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