Re: Sudden Tango changes in trunk

Tristan Van Berkom wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-03-28 at 16:38 +0200, Kristian Rietveld wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 12:49:44PM +0200, Jakub Steiner wrote:
> [...]
>> The concern which I want to raise, and which I already did in my
>> previous mail, is the following: "Does updating icons account as a
>> break of backward compatibility?".  Running a GTK+ application which
>> has some custom drawn icons with the new stock icons, might make those
>> custom icons look out of place.  A GTK+ application which is putting a custom
>> drawn "overlay" on a new stock icon might look out of place.  And, for
>> example Gossip, is using the gtk-justify-left icon as an icon for the
>> "View Previous Conversations" menu item -- this might also break with a
>> new stock icon which is using a different metaphor to communicate the
>> intention of the item to the user.  Or is using a stock item for a
>> different action as intended seen as a misuse of the API?  I am sure
>> Gossip is not the only application doing this.
> FWIW, I think its better for everyone if that would be considered a
> misuse of the api - I dont think gtk+ makes any gauruntees about
> what a "next" or "apply" icon will look like, changing these icons
> on a regular basis can even help teach applications to be more
> diligent in thier use of the api.

I too consider it to be a misuse, but I think Kris is right, I can
imagine a lot of developers are doing the same thing and this would
upset them and may cause excess work unnecessarily.

If we are being so stringent on API/ABI breakage, how can we just change
icon sets so callously?


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