[GRASS-dev] default icon set in wxGUI

Michael Barton michael.barton at asu.edu
Tue Aug 12 12:22:55 EDT 2008

On Aug 12, 2008, at 9:00 AM, <grass-dev-request at lists.osgeo.org> wrote:

> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 16:50:29 +0200
> From: Maciej Sieczka <tutey at o2.pl>
> Subject: Re: [GRASS-dev] default icon set in wxGUI
> To: Martin Landa <landa.martin at gmail.com>
> Cc: GRASS developers list <grass-dev at lists.osgeo.org>
> Message-ID: <48A1A335.3050208 at o2.pl>
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> Martin Landa pisze:
>> Hi,
>> 2008/8/12 Maciej Sieczka <tutey at o2.pl>:
>>> After installing the current develbranch6 SVN from scratch, wxGUI
>>> defaulted to "grass" icon set instead of "silk". The latter is much
>>> slicker, looks more proffessional, occupies less space. Could wxGUI
>>> default to "silk"?
>> a few days ago Michael changed default icon set to the original  
>> I am not sure which icon set should be default, anyway I am using
>> silk... Maybe we could vote?
>> +1 for silk ;-)
> Needless to say me the same: +1 for silk.
> The GRASS icon set would require couple of adjustments in the GUI  
> layout
> as it's icons are bigger (e.g. in digitizer half of the tools are not
> visible unless you manually extend window width).

The GRASS icon set is specifically designed for GRASS functions. Some  
of the silk icons clearly map on to GRASS functions, but others are  
pretty enigmatic because they are not designed for GIS. Examples  
include "add overlay" to the display and "add grid overlay or text  
labels" in the layer manager. I emailed the silk developer some time  
back about possibly doing a few GRASS-specific icons for us, but he  
never wrote me back. The icons for rgb and his layers are ones that I  
designed and added to the silk set.

I'm reluctant to make the generic silk set the default when there are  
mismatches between icon and function. This makes GRASS more difficult  
to learn for the uninitiated.

Also, while the GRASS icons may seem large to some, the silk set seems  
very small to me, and sometimes difficult to discern what is being  

There is a new GRASS custom iconset in development and I hope that it  
can be rolled out soon.

-1 for silk as the default (though I'm all in favor of providing it).  
If you choose it in the preferences, it will be your default from then  
on, even if you install another version of GRASS.


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