Specification compliance of icon names

I think that things under this heading should deal with compliance with the FD.o Icon Naming Spec.

The list of KDE ONLY application names has nothing to do with this since all branded names are automatically in compliance. I agree that the menu icon for an application should be installed by the application. With KDE apps that come ONLY in the KDE packages, this can be done by the package rather than the individual apps.

It is also true that branded icons for other applications are also automatically in compliance with the spec.

In either case, I see no purpose that is served by listing these here.

The issue of where to install them should be addressed on: <[email protected]>

--JRT 22:53, 25 July 2007 (CEST)

Specific icons


Currently KDE3 uses this in the Control Center. The proper name for this icon would be: "preferences-desktop-remote-desktop" (Tango name). Therefore, this icon can not be moved to the application. It can, if needed be copied to the application or the application can simply use the spec type name.

--JRT 23:26, 25 July 2007 (CEST)

Icons for non-KDE applications

x: I note that this icon can never be used directly to start X11 because to use it X11 must already be running. Currently we have two identical KDE3 icons: "x" & "xapps". There seems to be no need for these unless they are different.

This seems to be 'Duh!'. It is used for X utilities that don't have a specific icon and should therefore be named: "utilities-x". OTOH, although traditionally, these apps have been called utilities, they really aren't utilities. So, this needs some thought. Some of these are probably better called 'accessories' in line with the other new names.

If we want "x" to be the fallback icon for any app whose name starts with 'x', then we should have: "x" as the root of a class.


Or, we can simply insert a dash in the application's name:


Which will cause fallback to the "x" icon if no specific icon is available.

--JRT 21:52, 26 July 2007 (CEST)

acroread: This is a different case. Adobe provides an icon for this named: "AdobeReader". This violates the spec because it isn't all lower case. Also, this application belongs to a class and there is the question of fall back.

--JRT 01:13, 26 July 2007 (CEST)

Icons for KDE applications which belong to a class

For example: "kpdf" is a member of the class: "PDF viewers". The Adobe Acrobat Reader also belongs to this class.

Should such KDE app iconss be named so that fallback works?

--JRT 01:17, 26 July 2007 (CEST)

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