xubuntu app switcher

Pasi Lallinaho open at knome.fi
Sun Apr 12 17:13:28 UTC 2009

Simon Steinbeiß wrote:
> hi,
> i just have a very small proposition for any future version of xubuntu. you might
> consider this useless interface tweaking, but since you very discussing many design
> issues lately i thought i might contribute to that a little. one thing that's been
> bugging me for ages (i'm using xubuntu since breezy) is the looks of the application
> switcher (the box that appears when you press alt+tab).
> i recently joined the xfce-dev mailinglist to find out whether it was themable (i have
> tried zillions of gtk-themes, but none of them included that). most thankfully olivier
> fourdan replied and told me how and i think this is a really nice addon to any gtk-theme
> you might consider as a standard theme (maybe it's not even too late for jaunty, i don't
> know about your release schedule).
> one more point about that is the icon-size of the app-switcher. personally i would prefer
> it to be bigger than 48px (which is what it is now). i dug a bit in the code of xfwm4 and
> found the (hardcoded) parameter in tabwin.c, line 28 (version 4.6.0-1ubuntu3). olivier
> assured me that it would be sufficient to tweak this line according to taste and that it
> wouldn't create a big mess.
> here's an example gtkrc-code for theming the app-switcher:
> style "tabwin" = "default"
> {
>     bg[NORMAL]      = "#222222"
>     bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = "app_switcher.png"
>     fg[NORMAL]      = "#FFFFFF"
>     bg[SELECTED]      = "#6C8085"
>     fg[SELECTED]      = "#ffffff"
> #    bg[INSENSITIVE]   = "#ff0000"
> #    fg[INSENSITIVE]   = "#0000ff"
> }
> widget "xfwm4-tabwin*"             style "tabwin"
> i really like the feature of putting a background image/pattern in the app-switcher,
> because it removes the frame around the switcher using the bg[SELECTED] color. but that
> might be just me.
> (oh and of course i know that the app-switcher picks up some colors defined in the
> gtk-theme, but one thing i consider quite important about it is the bg[NORMAL] setting. i
> think it would be nice if this would be in line with the rest of the theme or even the
> colors of the new notification osd.)
> ok, that was a bit long for such a tiny issue but i hope you can get something out of
> that.
> thanks a lot for maintaining the best looking (and most efficient) *buntu and keep up the
> spirit,
> simon
Hi Simon,

this information and your consideration for this much detail is very
much appreciated. I'd like you to file a bug against xubuntu-artwork on
Launchpad about this that we can fix/consider this for Karmic and
discuss more about it.

Please do add the example gtkrc-code along with any ideas you have in
the bug. If you'd like to discuss about this more, join #xubuntu-devel
on freenode and ping me (knome).

Thanks again for giving attention to this little detail we yet had

Pasi Lallinaho
Xubuntu Marketing Lead
Web-designer, graphic artist
IRC: knome @ freenode

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