[ubuntu-art] Hardy GTK Theme

Corey Woodworth coreywoodworth at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 03:55:25 GMT 2007

I like those relections, I like 'em alot, especially the fixed angle ones in
the middle of the buttons. I wish they stood out with a bit more contrast
though. I would also propose making the fixed angle reflection curve
slightly at the ends towards becoming parallel with the button's borders.
(get what I mean? I'm sure there is a math word for it but I'm not good with

The only complaint I have about the Murrine engine is when you select any
widget it gets a dotted rectangle border around it. Look at what happens
when you select a widget in the Aurora engine. No dotted rectangle, instead
a gradient emanates from the entire widget. That would be much nicer, but
I'd be for ANY effect other than the dotted rectangle. That seems so 1999 :)
Clearlooks, and probably every other theme but aurora seems to do the dotted
rectangle thing. Its the little details like that, that make me like Aurora
so much even though it does have more glitches than the other engines.
Another exemplary detail is the way check boxes and radio buttons quickly
fade in and out when you select and deselect them.

I do like murrine a lot though and I think it would be a great engine to
start from if we can add polish to those little details. And I love the
striped menu bar! It also seems to be more flexible than most all the other
engines when editing a gtkrc file.


On Nov 6, 2007 6:21 PM, Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen <mikkel.kamstrup at gmail.com>

> On 06/11/2007, Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen <mikkel.kamstrup at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On 06/11/2007, Kenneth Wimer <kwwii at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Tuesday 06 November 2007 16:12:12 Andrea Cimitan wrote:
> > > > I can confirm those words another time. ;)
> > > > Diagonal stripes could be fun when you have a lot of buttons with a
> > > > fixed aspect (see gcalctool for example), but when you have an app
> > > with
> > > > a lot of buttons of various aspects (some thin, some fat etc etc)
> > > the
> > > > result is a _really_ boring theme. Unconsinstent too.
> > > >
> > > > Don't waste your time now ;)
> > > >
> > >
> > > I agree completely with this. It might look nifty in a certain mockup
> > > but I am
> > > not sure it would be good in a real theme.
> > >
> > >
> > To late I already tried it out ;-P
> >
> > I agree that the look gets confusing with various size buttons, because
> > you get diagonal reflections in all sorts of different angles - this makes
> > it confusing for the eye.
> >
> > I am going to try a few other alternative gradients - diagonal
> > alternatives (fx fixed tilt) and some inspired by circle projections.
> I have some preliminary results put up on:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MikkelKamstrupErlandsen/HardyThemeStorm
> But is just a *very* quick hack only aimed at testing various reflections.
> I will put up some more over the next days. If other people are intersted
> in theme-engine-hacking I suggest you take a quick look at
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MikkelKamstrupErlandsen/ThemeEngineTricks - which
> should get you going pretty quickly.
> Cheers,
> Mikkel
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