Status icons that ship with Adium
mneedham at ei8ht.us
Wed Aug 8 01:41:34 UTC 2012
On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM, Robert Vehse <robert.vehse at freenet.de> wrote:
> I'd like to see "Gems" go and be replaced by "Uwy". Sherif does bring up a couple of points I hadn't thought about previously which seem important.
> Am 07.08.2012 um 11:06 schrieb Sherif S.:
>> I like Uwy a lot (didn't know about it until this email), but I would propose a couple of modifications if it will be the default:
>> - It does not discriminate between Away and Busy, they're both red. I changed the plist in mine to make Away point to the Idle icon, which is yellow. I think discriminating between the two is useful.
Myself, I don't care about busy vs away, but I like my status icons to
distinguish between away, idle, and away + idle.
> I inspected Uwy comparing it to our current default set, iBubble status. This is what I found:
> - Uwy has an icon called "Online.png". It looks a wee bit different than "Available.png" but I don't really see a point in the differentiation.
> - Uwy's NewMessage.png seems to equate to iBubble Status' content.png.
> - Uwy lacks busy.png (as mentioned) as well as enteredtext.png and unknown.png.
If I like a style that lacks enteredtext or unknown, I add them
myself, so it's safe to say that I consider those important.
I tend to think any bundled style should include all "basic" status
types. Matching status messages like "busy" or "DnD" are fine, but
less important to me.
Here are all of the basic status types that I'm aware of:
>> - It slightly breaks consistency of the circle-shape perhaps, but purple and blue are not as intuitively relating to "writing" and "new message" like green (available, go!), yellow (might be away), and red (busy, probably don't message) are, and I recommend they be replaced by other more representative ones, such as a pencil with ... after it, or speech bubble, etc. (for example, Stockholm Status Icons: http://www.adiumxtras.com/index.php?a=xtras&xtra_id=3014)
> This might be something to consider, too.
Some people value consistency, and find color to be quite sufficient.
Besides, *all* of the current bundled styles use a pencil. It would be
great if our bundled icons not only looked great, but also helped
demonstrate the breadth of styling that's possible with xtras.
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