AfterStep Themes Discussion
The whole terminology of themes/skins is full of misunderstandings, so everthing needs to be clearly defined, feel free to correct anything...
Part of Discussion
so far users born2late and speedy0 have joined the discussion
- a theme is:
- a subject of composition and/or a distinct, recurring, and unifying quality or idea
- a set of default settings, which may or may not be overridden by a user
- a user may enforce his settings at any time if he falls back into the classic afterstep configuration scheme.
- a look (skin for anybody outside afterstep terminology) is a way to decorate elements a user has set up to be on his desktop, as such a skin is a subset of a theme
- a layout is any set of module settings, that defines the geographical placement of UI elements
Entities involved with theming
- user (what he wants and doesnt want to be changed)
- theme (what themer wants so theme is an experience rather then simple cosmetic changes)
- theme engine (helps integrate user whishes and themer whishes)
- it defines where stuff lies on the desktop (as such any personal config is in itself a theme)
- how it reacts/interacts
- it defines how stuff is decorated
- other toolkits/apps to be themed
Atomic Elements that cannot be further reduced that are part of a theme
- Decor (look -> MyStyles)
- Window Buttons
- Menu (including MiniFolders)
- Feel (FIXME : break down more)
- Keyboard actions
- mouse actions
- Module Decor
- size and orientation of windowbox (problem here: how to make that look independant)
- Animation settings
- Mouse pointer (?)
Atomic Elements that cannot be further reduced that are´nt part of a theme
- Color Scheme
- Mouse speed and buttons
Things that are ambigious
This seem to be problematic sections for one of us:
- Background -> by definition a very personal setting... 3 settings at least : dont_touch, theme(keep picture just make matching frame),replace
- Menu - switching on and off: mini-folders, recent, texture, unavailable.
- Feel - Not sure if this should be included or not. Very user-specific. What's the gain for the user?
- Sounds - based-on events, could have a sci-fi theme, Halloween theme, Simpsons theme, Elmo theme, etc.
- Modules - Should these be modified? These are very user-specific, and loading them can disrupt an existing setup. Should there be a warning when installing these? ...should be user definable imo...
- Animations - seven types offered. Can these even be theme-specific? Can additional ones be added? If not, should be decided by user. since the Animate Module is the right one to put opengl/bling support into this should stay in somehow.