AfterStep Themes Discussion

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Definition

  • a skin (Look in afterstep terminology) is a way to decorate elements a user has set up to be on his desktop
  • a theme is a subject of composition and/or a distinct, recurring, and unifying quality or idea
  • 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)
    

    The whole terminology of themes/skins is full of misunderstandings, so everthing needs to be clearly defined, feel free to correct anything...


    Theme objectives

           -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
           -other toolkits/apps to be themed
    

    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)
           -Animation settings
    

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