[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #8353: Better icons for WordPress 2.7

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Wed Nov 26 11:59:56 GMT 2008

#8353: Better icons for WordPress 2.7
 Reporter:  demetris  |       Owner:     
     Type:  defect    |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal    |   Milestone:  2.7
Component:  UI        |     Version:  2.7
 Severity:  normal    |    Keywords:     
 In my judgement, the icon set introduced in revision 9882 is not
 satisfactory, and not the best that can be done for 2.7, even within the
 time constraints in place.

 I concocted a few tentative alternatives by picking icons from three open-
 source projects  --Tango 0.8.1,<1> GNOME 2.24,<2> and Pidgin 2.5.2-- and I
 am submitting them for discussion.


  1.  I know there are compatibility issues with the cc-by-sa licence used
 by the Tango icons.  (The next generation of Tango icons will probably be
 released to the public domain, but we are not there yet.<3>)  HOWEVER, the
 tangofied GNOME icons are published under the GPL.
  2.  As you will see, I could not find perfect metaphors for all cases.
 However, this can be probably fixed, even within the current timeframe.
 First, better metaphors may exist in other sets of tangofied icons
 released under the GPL.  Second, there are many good Tango artists, and
 many of them use WordPress -- if they knew about this, they might not be
 averse to lending a quick hand.


  1.  menu1.png and menu1-ss.png.  The icon set introduced in revision
  2.  menu2.png and menu2-ss.png.  Tango icons.  No B+W subset.
  3.  menu3.png and menu3-ss.png.  Same as above with two GNOME icons
 (Links and Settings).
  4.  menu4.png and menu4-ss.png.  GNOME icons, one Pidgin icon (Plugins),
 one Pidgin icon modified by me (Comments).  No B+W subset.
  5.  menu5.png and menu5-ss.png.  Same as above with B+W subset.


 A viable alternative, in my opinion, would be to release 2.7 with no icons
 at all.


  1.  http://tango.freedesktop.org/Tango_Icon_Library
  2.  http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/desktop/2.25/2.25.1/sources/gnome-
  3.  http://klepas.org/2008/07/14/tango-public-domain/

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