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==  Introduction  ==
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==  What is the Tango Desktop Project? ==
The goal of the Tango Desktop Project is to create a consistent user experience for Open Source software.
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'''The Tango Desktop Project''' exists to help create a consistent graphical user interface experience for free and Open Source software.
  
[[Image:Different-themes.png|thumb|right|Collage of various toolkits with different themes]]
 
===  The free desktop is made of many different toolkits  ===
 
Several popular applications now exist, all using different toolkits: Mozilla, Evolution, the Gimp, Konqueror, and so forth... On a typical desktop there are often several used at the same time, creating an inconsistent look and feel and a lack of integration resulting in a less than stellar desktop experience. This mish-mash of application styles ''hurts users''!
 
  
=== Now is the time to define a common visual style  ===
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[[The People|The Tango Desktop Project group is comprised of free desktop engineers, artists, and user interaction designers]]. We want you to join our effort to create a native Linux look and feel.
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=== Who should participate? Well, everyone.  ===
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Contribute to the guidelines, improve applications by making them follow the specs, design artwork, and spread the word.
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Interested contributors from [http://www.gnome.org/ Gnome], [http://www.kde.org/ KDE], and other [http://www.fsf.org/ free] and [http://www.opensource.org/ open source] projects are all welcome. We invite anyone working on software to follow the specifications defined here, as well as on [http://freedesktop.org/ FreeDesktop.org].
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While the look and feel of an application is determined by many individual components, some organization is necessary in order to unify the appearance and structure of individual icon sets used within those components.
  
==  Building Blocks  ==
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The Tango Desktop Project defines an [[Tango Icon Theme Guidelines|icon style guideline]] to which artists and designers can adhere. A sample implementation of the style is available as an [[Tango Icon Library| icon theme]] based upon a standardized [[Standard_Icon_Naming_Specification| icon naming specification]]. In addition, the project provides transitional utilities to assist in creating icon themes for existing desktop environments, such as [http://www.gnome.org GNOME] and [http://www.kde.org KDE].
===  The Look  ===
 
* '''[[Tango Icon Library]]''' - a joint effort by the best artists in the free software community
 
* '''[[Widgets and the Window Manager]] -''' visual ideas of where the application look is headed
 
  
===  Standards  ===
 
* '''[[Standard Icon Naming Specification]]''' - a consistent way to name icons for use with any app on every desktop
 
* '''[[Shared Framework|Cross Desktop Theming]]''' - bridging the desktop look and feel gap
 
  
===  Guidelines  ===
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Eventually, the Tango Desktop Project will provide the following initiatives:
* '''[[Humane Interface Guidelines]]''' - a simple and easy-to-use reference guide for creating usable applications, based on both the GNOME and KDE HIGs
 
* '''[[Generic Icon Theme Guidelines]]''' - how to design icons to match the Tango style
 
  
===  Methods  ===
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* A suggested default native look.
* '''[[Heuristics|Heuristic Evaluation]]''' - good design principles which every icon, application, and desktop component should be measured with to ensure acceptable quality
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* A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common icon naming structure.
* '''[[Usability Testing]]''' - user feedback ensures great design decisions... this section has a focus on what part usability testing plays in the Free Software community, and why it's good thing to do
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* A complete set of application, mimetype, and stock [[Tango Icon Library| icons]] designed using a defined [[Tango Icon Theme Guidelines| style guide]].
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* A general, cross-desktop human interface guideline.
  
=== Miscellanea  ===
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== Who is involved? ==
* '''[[Licensing]]''' - a base goal of this project is to enrich the world of Free Software by ensuring that our efforts are licensed as freely as possible. A proposed licensing scheme for tango is discussed with this section.
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* '''[[PlayGround]]''' for testing wiki stuff.
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We are [[The People|engineers, artists, user interface designers, and volunteers]]. We'd like you to be involved.
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Join us in our effort to produce a native, open look and structure by contributing to the guidelines, improving applications (by encouraging them follow the proposed specifications), contributing artwork, and by spreading the ideas expressed here.
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Interested contributors from [http://www.gnome.org/ Gnome], [http://www.kde.org/ KDE], and other [http://www.fsf.org/ free] and [http://www.opensource.org/ open source] projects are welcome. We invite anyone to follow the specifications defined here, as well as those defined on [http://freedesktop.org/ freedesktop.org].
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You can file bugs against the Tango icon library, icon style guideline, and the Icon Naming Specification in [http://bugzilla.freedesktop.org/ freedesktop.org's bugzilla].
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The Tango icon library, icon style guideline matters, and artistic workflows can be discussed on the [http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/tango-artists tango-artists mailing list]. The Icon Naming Specification can be discussed on the [http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/xdg XDG mailing list].
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== Terms Of Use ==
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The Tango base icon theme is released to the Public Domain. The palette is in public domain. Developers, feel free to ship it along with your application. The icon naming utilities are licensed under the [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GPL].
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Though the tango-icon-theme package is released to the Public Domain, we ask that you still please attribute the Tango Desktop Project, for all the hard work we've done. Thanks.

Latest revision as of 14:42, 26 February 2009

What is the Tango Desktop Project?

The Tango Desktop Project exists to help create a consistent graphical user interface experience for free and Open Source software.


While the look and feel of an application is determined by many individual components, some organization is necessary in order to unify the appearance and structure of individual icon sets used within those components.

The Tango Desktop Project defines an icon style guideline to which artists and designers can adhere. A sample implementation of the style is available as an icon theme based upon a standardized icon naming specification. In addition, the project provides transitional utilities to assist in creating icon themes for existing desktop environments, such as GNOME and KDE.


Eventually, the Tango Desktop Project will provide the following initiatives:

  • A suggested default native look.
  • A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common icon naming structure.
  • A complete set of application, mimetype, and stock icons designed using a defined style guide.
  • A general, cross-desktop human interface guideline.

Who is involved?

We are engineers, artists, user interface designers, and volunteers. We'd like you to be involved.

Join us in our effort to produce a native, open look and structure by contributing to the guidelines, improving applications (by encouraging them follow the proposed specifications), contributing artwork, and by spreading the ideas expressed here.

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

You can file bugs against the Tango icon library, icon style guideline, and the Icon Naming Specification in freedesktop.org's bugzilla.

The Tango icon library, icon style guideline matters, and artistic workflows can be discussed on the tango-artists mailing list. The Icon Naming Specification can be discussed on the XDG mailing list.


Terms Of Use

The Tango base icon theme is released to the Public Domain. The palette is in public domain. Developers, feel free to ship it along with your application. The icon naming utilities are licensed under the GPL.

Though the tango-icon-theme package is released to the Public Domain, we ask that you still please attribute the Tango Desktop Project, for all the hard work we've done. Thanks.