[mythtv-theming] MythMediaStream theme

Ted Verhagen ted.verhagen at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 20:18:54 UTC 2012

> > > adding the menu as well is a good idea. My upcoming blue-abstract-wide
> > > 1.8 theme will also include a menu but it will be called
> > > blue-abstract-wide-menu. So I dunno if there should be some kind of
> > > naming convention ...Menu or -menu.
> >
> > I think (but have not tested), that you can put
> > <type>Menu</type> in your UI theme's theminfo.xml file and
> > include the Menu theme .xml files in your main UI theme directory
> > and that will allow you to put them both in the same directory.
> > That's according to the comments in the themeinfo.xml file, I haven't
> > looked at the code to confirm.  Maybe Stuart Morgan or someone else
> > on the list can confirm.
> That's exactly how it will work. It still won't use the menu theme
> automatically, but there's no need for a separate directory as you've got

What I like to contribute to this discussion/thought (taking the previous
statement of Chris into mind in regards of a separate UI to download Menu
themes or setting the menu to the 'Menu theme' included with a certain
theme) is that ideally from a user perspective, it should work like this:

If the theme designer has included a separate Menu with his theme, it
should be set as the default menu to be used as that particular menu was
apparently created to match the theme (like I did for the MythMediaStream
theme). If the theme designer didn't include an a menu then just left the
Menu as it is... Further more, although not many new menu themes are
submitted yet, I think its a good thing to have a separated UI for
downloading menu themes as I can imagine that sometimes people just want to
arrange the way menu items are presented to them a bit different then the
way there are just now.

Additional question in regard to what Chris says and what Stuart confirms:
Do I understand it well that, I don't have to make a separate folder for
the Menu theme, but instead, I can just include the theme Menu .xml files
into the root directory of the theme itself and create an additional
<type>Menu</type> into the themeinfo.xml? If so this would make things a
little easier and perhaps support the idea above (i.e. a <type>OSD</type>
is also set as default once the theme is selected?)

Cheers, Ted.
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