Re: All widget are too fat - theming not working properly

Unfortunately, all (I only tried ~10) these "compact themes" suffer the same bugs. Some are even tinier, but nonetheless dialog buttons, comboboxes etc differ in height across the UI.

I'd be glad if at least I could decrease the dialog buttons' height ... But as it seems that nobody before ever achieved that, I guess it's not possible.

Are there any plans for GTK+ 3.0 in this direction?
Imho, it's becoming more and more important for GUIs and widget toolkits to really look good these days. And this is not all about the theme itself but the GUI layout too. There are indeed pretty cool looking themes. But the GUI layout itself is flawed in most cases.

Imho, linux GUIs in general (GTK+, Qt or whatever) can't stand a chance against a Mac OS X's Aqua UI. I don't talk here about how Aqua/Cocoa looks like but how each widget and functionality is integrated into "the whole", eg. a general way of customing toolbars (yeah, some apps have that, but it looks/works different in every app ...)

Well, I stop here before I get offtopic even more ;-)

Am 24.02.10 21:38, schrieb sledge hammer:
I have noticed a long time that the default(and majority of other
themes) theming is just fat for Gtk+. Luckily the past year some nice
themes have appeared on They usually have the
keyword "compact" in their name. Do a search on gnome-look and you'll
find them. Study them to see if they have solved your problems.

 > Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:50:38 +0100
 > From: mailllists gmail com
 > To: gtk-list gnome org
 > Subject: All widget are too fat - theming not working properly
 > Hi guys,
 > imho, all gtk widgets are much to fat/big, especially comboboxes,
 > buttons and tabs.
 > So ok, it's possible to decrease x-/ythickness, some paddings and stuff
 > like this. After much hours of tweaking and tuning I managed to create a
 > "minimal" theme. Though some buttons (those without icons) have the
 > desired height, buttons that normally have icons, like in dialogs, are
 > much higher. Though these icons are not visible/hidden the buttons'
 > heights seem to not decrease anymore.
 > There are also some quirks with comboboxes. Those that are not editable
 > are higher as the others.
 > Look at the screenshot to see what I mean:
 > 1) and 2) are both chomboboxes, but 2) is one pixel higher
 > (Yes, I know, it's just a pixel and 99,9% of all users won't ever notice
 > is -- But I do. And everytime I look at the screen I hate it.
 > 3) and 4) are both buttons. 4) seems to adopt my gtkrc settings, 3)
 > doesn't. 3) should normally have an icon. But I disabled all kind of
 > icons in menus and on buttons. Somehow they seem to still be there and
 > prevent the button from becoming less high.
 > Is there some way to solve these "bugs"? Is there a chance that GTK+ 3.0
 > doesn't have such fat widgets per default?
 > Hope, I didn't confuse you too much ;-)
 > br, ash

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