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== What is the Tango Desktop Project? ==
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== What is the Tango Desktop Project? ==
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'''The Tango Desktop Project''' exists to help create a consistent graphical user interface experience for free and Open Source software.
  
'''The Tango Desktop Project''' exists to create a consistent user experience for free and Open Source software with graphical user interfaces.
 
  
== The current state of the the desktop... ==
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[[Image:Different-themes.png|thumb|right|Collage of various applications, all with different themes]]
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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.  
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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.
  
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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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].
  
== 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.
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Eventually, the Tango Desktop Project will provide the following initiatives:
  
[[Image:Tango-preview.png|right|thumb|300px|Preview of the [[Tango Icon Library]]]]
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* A suggested default native look.
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* A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common icon naming structure.
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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.
  
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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== Who is involved? ==
 
 
Eventually, the Tango Desktop initiative plans to provide:
 
* A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common look and feel
 
* A specified default native look.
 
* 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.
 
 
 
== What benefits can users expect? ==
 
  
* Consistency across all the apps on all the desktops.
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We are [[The People|engineers, artists, user interface designers, and volunteers]]. We'd like you to be involved.
* One theme to rule theme all, one theme to bind them.
 
* Nice default look, out of the box.
 
  
== Toolkits ==
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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.
  
We plan to target:
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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].
* [http://gtk.org/ GTK+] / [http://gnome.org/ GNOME]
 
* [http://www.trolltech.com/products/qt/ Qt] / [http://kde.org/ KDE]
 
* [http://mozilla.org/ Mozilla] / [http://getfirefox.com/ Firefox] ([http://www.mozilla.org/projects/xul/ XUL])
 
* [http://openoffice.org/ OpenOffice.org] Office Suite ([http://gsl.openoffice.org/ VCL & GSL])
 
  
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.
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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].
  
== Who is involved? ==
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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].
  
We are [[The People|engineers, artists, and user interface designers]] .
 
  
We'd also like you to be involved. 
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== Terms Of Use ==
  
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.
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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].
  
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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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.