[mythtv] Theme Discrepancies

Matt skd5aner at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 15:13:41 UTC 2007

On 9/14/07, Justin Hornsby <justin.hornsby at gmail.com> wrote:
> Okay folks, just had a quick scan of this thread having just come back
> from a well earned holiday.
> I'm (kind of) the 'official' theme maintainer now.  One of my
> interests (not one I particularly enjoy sometimes) is keeping as many
> of the themes as up to date as I possibly can.
> Changes are sometimes made to the UI code which invariably break
> themes or necessitate maintenance jobs.  For the most part, they're
> pretty minor and easy to keep tabs on - especially when the person who
> creates the extra work provides example xml to use as a reference.
> One of the background jobs I've given myself is to take on updating
> all of the core themes & incorporate necessary changes to them in
> order to maintain some kind of continuity across all of them.  By
> that, think watermark images (icons associated with menu buttons), xml
> entries (text areas, windows etc).  I made some notes before I went
> away regarding missing watermarks and those gaps will be filled as
> soon as suitable images can be found.
> Obviously, I can't possibly be everywhere at once, so *please* if you
> have issues with a particular theme, raise a ticket and where possible
> send your own contribution.
> With regard to people making changes to my own themes, I can't see my
> fragile ego having much of an issue with additions to keep them
> working with current code - I think I'd only get upset if somebody
> wanted to make lots of changes en-masse (such as changing the overall
> 'style').  Still, it's always nice to be consulted ;)
> As for stuff that breaks themes - I've been looking forward to (or
> should I say somewhat dreading) UI elements being ported to mythui -
> there are some *serious* changes planned including (hooray!) splitting
> up the awful ui.xml file into distinct areas.  It'll cause me a lot of
> work and probably some big headaches in the short term but I can see
> the bigger picture.
> Finally, for all those lovers of old themes like Visor - if you like
> em that much why not try to contact their creator & persuade them to
> bring their theme(s) up to date?  Failing that, look into it yourself.
>  There haven't been *that* many container changes in the last couple
> of years.  The majority of them are pretty easy to spot (segfault!)
> and those which aren't are hardly show-stoppers.
> With regard to trying to keep backwards/forwards compatibility - it's
> a no-go situation IMHO.  Some things are possible with UI code looking
> for containers & windows in a theme xml file & falling back to
> defaults if they're not present, and I'm all for that.  Other stuff
> would be harder to implement and may even end up stifling theme
> development.
> Just my 2 pence worth...
> Regards,
> Justin
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Justin, here's a couple changes that didn't get applied to all the
themes in SVN.  Just a heads up.


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