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...
- a theme is a subject of composition and/or a distinct, recurring, and unifying quality or idea
- a skin (Look in 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
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 initself 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
- Window Buttons
- 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
What should be included with a theme?
This is just a topic starter, and nothing else.
- Window Decorations MyStyle
- Menu MyStyle (including MiniFolders)
- Wharf MyStyle
- Pager MyStyle
- WinTabs MyStyle
- WinList MyStyle
- Color Scheme
- Mouse pointer (?)
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?
- Animations - seven types offered. Can these even be theme-specific? Can additional ones be added? If not, should be decided by user.
- Menu - switching on and off: mini-folders, recent, texture, unavailable.