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[[Image:Different-themes.png|thumb|right|Collage of various applications, all with different themes]]
 
[[Image:Different-themes.png|thumb|right|Collage of various applications, all with different themes]]
  
The Open Source desktop is made up of several different applications:  Mozilla Firefox, Evolution, OpenOffice.org, Konqueror, and so forth...  Typically, several of these applications are used at the same time on a normal user's desktop.  
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The free desktop is made up of several different applications:  Mozilla Firefox, Evolution, OpenOffice.org, Konqueror, and so forth...  Typically, several of these applications are used at the same time on a normal user's desktop.  
  
 
Currently, as each application has a different toolkit and may belong to different desktop frameworks, there's a good chance that a user's desktop may look and behave in a different way, creating a less than stellar experience.
 
Currently, as each application has a different toolkit and may belong to different desktop frameworks, there's a good chance that a user's desktop may look and behave in a different way, creating a less than stellar experience.
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While the look and feel of an application is determined by many components the initial work has been done on unifying the look of the icon sets.
 
While the look and feel of an application is determined by many components the initial work has been done on unifying the look of the icon sets.
  
The Tango Desktop initiative plans to provide:
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[[Image:Tango-preview.png|right|thumb|300px|Preview of the [[Tango Icon Library]]]]
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Tango defines a standard [[Tango Icon Theme Guidelines|icon style guidelines]] that applications or desktop enviroments can adhere to. Work has started on creating a [[Tango Icon Library|new base icon theme]] based on a [[standard icon naming specification]]. We provide transition utilities to create icon themes for GNOME and KDE desktop in the meantime.
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Eventually, the Tango Desktop initiative plans to provide:
 
* A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common look and feel
 
* A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common look and feel
 
* A specified default native look.
 
* A specified default native look.
* A complete, standard [[Tango Icon Library|set of application, mimetype, and stock icons]] to build upon.
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* A complete, standard [[Tango Icon Library|set of application, mimetype, and stock icons]] to build upon based on a [[Tango Icon Theme Guidelines|style guide]].
 
* Development of a new, cross-desktop humane interface guidelines.
 
* Development of a new, cross-desktop humane interface guidelines.
  
 
== What benefits can users expect? ==
 
== What benefits can users expect? ==
  
* Consistency across all the apps on all the desktops
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* Consistency across all the apps on all the desktops.
* One theme to rule theme all, one theme to bind them
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* One theme to rule theme all, one theme to bind them.
* Nice default look, out of the box
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* Nice default look, out of the box.
  
 
== Toolkits ==
 
== Toolkits ==
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It would be nice to also include [http://www.winehq.com/ Wine], [http://java.sun.com/overview.html Java] (AWT/[http://java.sun.com/products/jfc/ Swing]), and other applications and toolkits.
 
It would be nice to also include [http://www.winehq.com/ Wine], [http://java.sun.com/overview.html Java] (AWT/[http://java.sun.com/products/jfc/ Swing]), and other applications and toolkits.
 
== What is here today? ==
 
 
[[Image:Tango-preview.png|right|thumb|300px|Preview of the [[Tango Icon Library]]]]
 
* [[Tango Icon Library|Icons]], a work in progress—yet already usable
 
* [[Tango Icon Theme Guidelines|Icon style guide]] and [[Tango Icon Theme Guidelines#Color Palette|Color Palette]]
 
* [[Standard Icon Naming Specification]]
 
* Utility to link standard icon names to currently used icon filenames
 
* [[Widgets and the Window Manager|Mockups for the look of applications]]
 
* A decided-upon [[Licensing|license]] for the fruits of the project
 
* Direction
 
 
== Toward the future… ==
 
We're constantly working on making the future of the Open Source desktop totally rock.  As such, we have a few pages dedicated to brainstorming, blue sky thinking, and prognostication:
 
* [[Experiments]], a place for sharing ideas and experiments for the future of the Tango project
 
* [[Timeline]], short-term goals to the far-off long-term things
 
 
  
 
== Who is involved? ==
 
== Who is involved? ==
  
We already have a number of [[The People|key members from the Open Source community, notably many free desktop engineers, artists, and user interface designers]].
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We are [[The People|engineers, artists, and user interface designers]] .
  
 
We'd also like you to be involved.   
 
We'd also like you to be involved.   

Revision as of 20:13, 5 October 2005

What is the Tango Desktop Project?

The Tango Desktop Project exists to create a consistent user experience for Open Source software.

The current state of the the desktop...

Collage of various applications, all with different themes

The free desktop is made up of several different applications: Mozilla Firefox, Evolution, OpenOffice.org, Konqueror, and so forth... Typically, several of these applications are used at the same time on a normal user's desktop.

Currently, as each application has a different toolkit and may belong to different desktop frameworks, there's a good chance that a user's desktop may look and behave in a different way, creating a less than stellar experience.

How will Tango save the day?

While the look and feel of an application is determined by many components the initial work has been done on unifying the look of the icon sets.

Preview of the Tango Icon Library

Tango defines a standard icon style guidelines that applications or desktop enviroments can adhere to. Work has started on creating a new base icon theme based on a standard icon naming specification. We provide transition utilities to create icon themes for GNOME and KDE desktop in the meantime.

Eventually, the Tango Desktop initiative plans to provide:

What benefits can users expect?

  • Consistency across all the apps on all the desktops.
  • One theme to rule theme all, one theme to bind them.
  • Nice default look, out of the box.

Toolkits

We plan to target:

It would be nice to also include Wine, Java (AWT/Swing), and other applications and toolkits.

Who is involved?

We are engineers, artists, and user interface designers .

We'd also like you to be involved.

Join us in our effort to produce a native Linux look and feel by contributing to the guidelines, improve applications (by making them follow specs, etc.), design artwork, and spread the word.

Interested contributors from Gnome, KDE, and other free and open source projects are all welcome. We invite anyone working on software to follow the specifications defined here, as well as on FreeDesktop.org.