Re: Suggestion: Improved icon retrieval

This is the general idea. Icons for mime types need to be themable for all 
apps not just nautilus. A folder in evolution should use the same icon as the 
one used in nautilus etc. This is important for both usability and 
accessibility. I think some of the hackers are working on this, and it has 
been discussed on various mailing lists lately. So give it some time i expect 
that in the gnome 2.2 to 2.4 time scale, icon theming will be moved out of 
nautilus into a more general framework.


Benjamin Greiner <nadaschauher gmx de> said:

> Hello,
> I'm currently developing, as a Bonobo exercise, a file list control. I
> noticed that retrieving the related Nautilus icon for any given file is
> a large undertakement, and I wasn't able to figure out how it works.
> My suggestion is that libnautilus - or even a lower level of Gnome at
> some time in the future - provides some routines to retrieve the icon,
> either as a path, or as a complete, scaled and eyecandied pixbuf.
> This would largely simplify the development of applications that deal
> with files in some way and want to present icons to the user.
> I know about the icon routines in gnome-vfs, but as the docs say - those
> at most times don't get the icon Nautilus displays. From the usability
> standpoint, I believe that making the use of the Nautilus icons possible
> throughout Gnome would be a big improvement, e.g. for the mime type
> applet and the like, especially for users that work icon-oriented for
> some reason. I would even go so far as to say that putting Nautilus
> themed icon retrieval into gnome-vfs is a good idea.

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