Re: Removal of icons in buttons/menus

On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM, Erick Pérez Castellanos <erickpc gnome org> wrote:
People keep raising this issue (both on list and on IRC) and I think
there's a good reason for it.
And people will keep doing it, until they get proper answers.

As an application developer why I found troubling about this particular removal is:

The setting does not do anything for you as an application developer. It was a user setting that lets users break the design of your application by making icons pop up in all sorts of places where you did not see them because you were not testing with that particular combination of user settings.
First: the fact that no-one has explained the reasons behind it. Certainly we can guess the thing has to do with Wayland port but yet there's no comment in those commits explaining the reasons behind it.

I just did.


Second: The workaround being settings the option in every widget of an application is not a friendly towards app developers.
Right now, in a moment where new widgets come into Gtk+, the *Getting Started* section appeared in the docs and there's this new attention to the developer story with Gtk+ (and others), that doesn't seem very friendly at all.
Again, the GtkSettings that we are discussing here do nothing for application developers. On the contrary, by removing the settings, we have given you as application developer _more_ control over how your application appears to your users.

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