Icon Theme Support

Daniel Zwolenski zonski at gmail.com
Sat Oct 20 21:37:52 PDT 2012

Extending JFX CSS to support features similar to Less might be another way
to solve this, or provide features that a third party library could build
this on top of: http://lesscss.org/

On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Jonathan Giles
<jonathan.giles at oracle.com>wrote:

> I'm interested to hear if this is common practice. In one of my past lives
> as a Swing client application developer I would always cherry pick the
> icons I wanted to use out of the icon packs I had available to me, rather
> than try to ship an entire icon pack (or multiple icon packs). From my
> experience icon packs tend to be rather large (when taking into account
> they normally ship with some permutation of 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 48x48,
> 64x64 pixel .png, .svg and .ico files).
> So, in short, is shipping an entire, or multiple, icon packs something
> that people actually want to do, and if so, would some kind of library
> support for this be beneficial?
> As a secondary question / comment: this seems like something that a third
> party library could offer - rather than being necessarily included in
> JavaFX itself?
> -- Jonathan
> On 21/10/2012 5:58 a.m., Mark Fortner wrote:
>> I was wondering if anyone had given any thought to supporting Icon Themes
>> in JavaFX?  When you look at Swing apps (and now JavaFX apps) you find a
>> lot of the same icons borrowed from various Linux icon themes.  Invariably
>> someone has taken apart the theme's archive, and extracted the icons that
>> they wanted and simply added them as resources to their project.  However,
>> that misses some of advantages of having a theme in the first place --
>> namely that if you use the standard naming conventions for icons, then you
>> should be able to do drop-in replacements of the icons without having to
>> change your code.  This makes is possible to freshen up the look of your
>> app, or to use icon themes that fit a specific OS.  After all, do you
>> really want Tango icons on your nice clean OS X app?  Moreover, it would
>> make it possible for user's to customize the look of their apps without
>> developer involvement.
>> Which brings me rather circuitously back to my point -- is there a way to
>> support icon themes in CSS?  For example, I'd like to simply drop *
>> AwOken.tar.gz* into my classpath, and have an icon reference like this
>> resolve properly: *-fx-image: url('clear/24x24/apps/**
>> ubuntuone-client.png');*
>> *
>> *
>> Ideally, this should happen without having to repackage the icon themes
>> into a JAR since themes are often stored in a variety of formats tar.gz,
>> rar, zip, etc.
>> Cheers,
>> Mark

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