AfterStep Themes Discussion
To proper support theming a few things need to be coordinated:
-the whishes of the user (what he wants and doesnt want to be changed) -the whishes of the themer -the installed applications on the computer presented in a way that satisfy the user + the themer
The whole terminology of themes/skins is full of misunderstandings, so everthing needs to be clearly defined, feel free to correct anything...
a skin is a way to decorate elements a user has set up to be on his desktop.
a theme is a way to use a computer, and thus should be clearly distinct
-it defines where stuff lies on the desktop (as such any personal config is initself a theme) -how it reacts/interacts -it defines how stuff is decorated
Elements that cannot be reduced that are part of a theme/skin :
-IconSet -Window Decor -Module Decor -Background -Feel (break down more) -size and orientation of windowbox (problem here: how to make that look independant) -Menu -Mouse (although this is something i cannot imagine _any_ user wanting to be touched)