The great work of the Oxygen icon artists is a much discussed and anticipated part of KDE 4. The new icons now follow the freedesktop.org naming specification which makes it easier to share icons between applications of several desktop environments. In the HIG hunt this week, we will check that this work lives up to its full potential by looking for missing icons and wrong uses. Read on for more details.
The most important part of the checklist is searching for misused or missing icons, both in the default icon theme Oxygen, and in the Monochrome icon theme needed for accessibility. A second topic is checking for use of the KDE system settings. Most applications will use the correct setting automatically via the KDE libraries, so this is mainly about corner case bugs.
One particular issue of the guidelines has been very controversial in the past (defaulting to an application-specific icon theme in Amarok). The HIG team is not interested in starting any flamewars, so please skip this issue when doing these checks. The checklists are meant as guidance for developers, not as laws.
The procedure for reviewers is pretty simple:
- You pick an application which is included in KDE 4 Alpha, but not yet reviewed by another person. See this wiki page for reference.
- You open a checklist and go through the checklist items.
- For each infringement you find, post a bug. In the title, write "HIG" and the number of the checklist item which is not met (e.g. CL4/1.4).
- To test for the existence of monochrome icons, make sure that the monochrome icons from the kde-accessibility module are installed. Select the icon theme in KControl, then restart KDE to ensure that all applications are aware of the new setting.
- On the wiki page of the checklist, add a section for the application you reviewed and link all bug reports you have created.