Re: Testing dark themes and marking deprecated widgets

On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 12:31 +0200, Benjamin Berg wrote:
> Hello,
> There have been ideas to improve the desktop by modifying the themes to
> show problems in application. Specifically I am proposing to use a dark
> colour scheme for Clearlooks during the next unstable release cycle.
> Another idea is to highlight deprecated widgets in applications, by
> changing their colour to be eg. some shade of red.
> By using a dark colour scheme problems with applications that are using
> the wrong colours for text can be exposed. Turning Clearlooks to a dark
> colour scheme would mean that a lot more applications can be tested and
> both the application and the themes can be fixed.
> The idea to change the colour of deprecated widgets is to expose any
> application that is still using them. This would hopefully encourage
> maintainers and others to write patches and port applications to use
> non-deprecated widgets.
> Both of these changes would be reverted in time for the first beta
> release of GNOME (due on February 4th). If this is implemented, we would
> probably also have a "Clearlooks Stable" theme, so that it is still
> possible to use the normal Clearlooks theme for eg. documentation
> purposes.
> Do you think that exposing deprecated widgets and theme related bugs
> like this is a good idea?

How many people test the unstable releases using an existing user
account for which they've already made settings adjustments?  If
we simply change the default GConf value, these people may never
see the theme if they've already set it once themselves.


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