Re: Icons of program

On Fri, 24 Apr 1998, Christian Scholz wrote:

> Hi!
> > niche.)  And because of that, editing icon files will only be able to be done
> > using apps that use imlib (until a second gnomeian decides to code the same
> > sorts of routines.)
> Maybe there is also a way if painting the images with any program and 
> constructing the icon out of them with a special little gnome app.
> > Also -- by defining a very specific icon file format, we are tying ourselves
> > to a specific set of features.  Maybe we put everything we think we could
> > possibly want into the image file -- but ten years from now (When everyone is
> > actually using GNOME :-) we may find that there's something new that we want
> > -- Maybe there's a new way to do 3D modeling that's small enough to make
> > sensible icons or a new compression algorithm that is just world's better --
> > and if our "icons" just contain pointers to the real image, (that is then
> > decodable by some general image library like imlib..)  then all we have to do
> > is start defining pointers to the new image type.  If we put the image data
> > into the icon file along with the rest of the meta-info, we have to scrap the
> > icon format and define version-2 (and 3 and 4....)
> To put just a reference to an icon image into the info-File (or however it is stored)
> serves multiple purposes:
> 1. Every user is able to define his own icon for this file
> 2. We can change the format of the actual icon without changing info-Files
>    There might be a routine in gnome like get_icon() which will do the job
>    of extracting it and the user has not to bother how this is done.
>    But there should be a common format which this routine will give to the programmer.

Add to this that you could in fact choose the image format for your icon,
since imlib will happily load pretty much anything, so I could have some
of mine as gifs, some pngs and some jpgs etc... =)

> -- christian
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