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 theme is a set of default settings, which may or may not be overridden by a user
- stuff that does not make "sense" to be changed (this is "decided" by the themer) can be forbidden to be changed
- user may enforce his settings though (replacing theme settings with his settings as a whole), to keep him in control if he still needs to. so either: merge gracefully and trust themer to make good decisions for you or discard that theme-aspect (module, menu, whatever) as a whole.
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 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.