Panel resizing

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at
Mon Nov 19 05:32:48 GMT 2007

On Nov 18, 2007, at 9:36 PM, Vincent Untz wrote:
> ...
>> Even if the icons did use the themes correctly, that wouldn't work 
>> well for panel sizes such as 30px, 31px, and 41px to 47px inclusive, 
>> just as it doesn't work well now. With a panel size that was 
>> specified in points and scaling itself based on the screen 
>> resolution, you might
>> easily end up in those pixel ranges and not know why the panel looked
>> bad.
> We never scale icons in the panel. For a panel with a size between 24px
> and 31px, we use the 24px with some padding around it. For 32 to 47, we
> use the 32px icon with some padding, etc.
> ...

Right, and that's why it doesn't look so good. The amount of padding 
differs widely depending on the pixel size, so some sizes are bound to 
look out of proportion. Conversely, if the icons were scaled, they'd 
look blotchy or blurry in outline-heavy icon styles such as Gnome and 

Matthew Paul Thomas
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